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Cleric provoked local residents against BSF in Ramban: Omar

While terming the reports of Quran desecration in Gool area of Ramban as baseless, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said the local cleric had provoked local residents against the BSF which lead to the death of four protesters in the BSF firing.

Ramban DC office set ablaze by mob“Who provoked people in Ramban has to be seen. Molvi spread rumours that Holy Quran has been desecrated which were baseless. It was that Molvi who provoked people against BSF. Molvi provoked people to attack the BSF camp,” Omar told a local news agency in an interview.

Four civilians were killed and over many were injured when BSF men opened fire on villagers protesting against the alleged desecration of Quran in Gool, Ramban.

About the refusal of separatists to hold talks with Government of India, he said, “In closed rooms they (separatists) meet different people. They talk to people like Ram Jethmalani who come without anything. They (separatists) take tea with agency people in restaurants and five star hotels and hold secret talks. But they don’t want to talk with Centre in open.”

“Our job is just to facilitate talks between Centre and Hurriyat and we did that. Center is ready for talks, but with whom they will talk. NC, PDP, Congress and BJP say we will solve the issue within Constitution and they are talking with Center. But those who want to solve it outside Constitution are not ready for talks.”

Asked to comment about claims of separatists that New Delhi was not serious on dialogue, Omar said, “Here lie is repeated so many times that people start thinking it is truth.  Last time Prime Minister told that they should put their demands in shape of a memorandum. Centre told them to give charter of demands on record which they didn’t.”

Asked to comment on his recent statement that some elements within Hurriyat were ready to contest elections, the chief minister said, “What I said is some elements like Sajjad Lone are ready. He contested parliament elections in 2009 also. Others should follow suit. Some separatists are fielding proxies and people know that.”

Without naming Separatists, he said, “Their target has always been NC. They help other parties through back channels. They give boycott call on one side and use militants to threaten people and then on the other side ask their people to vote for those parties.”

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