Omar cites railway order to explain panic


As the environment of speculation and panic prevails in Kashmir around the issue abrogation of article 35-A Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Sunday attributed it to the official orders. Questioning that why are people of Kashmir blamed for fear-mongering when on the other hand government is issuing official orders forecasting “deterioration in the law & order”.

Reacting to an order issued by Budgam Railway Police Omar tweeted,  “It’s easy to blame valley residents for fear-mongering but what are we to make of such official orders which forecast a deterioration in the law & order environment and even predict disturbances lasting for an extended period of time? Why is the Govt silent.”


The railway authorities in Budgam Saturday held a security meeting asking the railway staff to store dry ration, food, water and money in advance to meet any crises situation.

A railway police official at Budgam confirmed that the meeting took place and said that it was chaired by Sudesh Nugya, ASC.

An order was issued after the meeting ended. It said that the meeting was held following intelligence inputs suggesting forecast of “deteriorating situation” in Kashmir valley.

The order issued mentions a series of precautionary measures for railway staff including sending back the families of security forces personnel to their native places.

“Staff should keep their pithu bags ready with sufficient amount of eatables, drinking water, chocolates, money for emergency purpose,” the order says.

The order has added to the panic already triggered by Union governments decision to send additional 100 companies of paramilitaries to the valley and the subsequent media reports relating the decision to issue of abrogation of Article 35-A.  The case related to Article 35-A is sub-judice in the Supreme Court.


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