Hinting at imposition of strict restrictions on Friday in view of anticipated protests and violence, Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo said the government was committed to ensure maintenance of peace in the state.
“Our main aim is to prevent the situation from worsening and maintenance of peace. Safety of life and property is our main concern and for that necessary measures will be taken”, said Kichloo while talking to KNS.
Admitting that incidents that occurred at Sumbal and Watergam leading to deaths of three people resulted in escalation of tensions, the MoS said he was personally monitoring the situation and communicating with police officers for exercising maximum restraint. “They have been directed to ensure that there is no further damage by exercising maximum restraint”.
Regarding the application filed by the family of Muhammad Afzal Guru to the state government seeking possession of Guru’s body, the MoS said the application has been forwarded to Government of India by the state’s home department. However, he said that no response from the central government has been received on the matter so far.
Apart from efforts for ensuring peace, the minister said they were focussing on availability of essential commodities to people across the state.