Police, administration mobilized overnight
Jammu, Feb 9: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was asked by the Union Home Ministry last night to be ready for the fallout immediately after the final decision to hang Afzal Guru was taken in New Delhi, sources told Greater Kashmir.
Sources in the state administration said that maintaining secrecy about the decision to hang Guru was one of the toughest calls for the state government as special instructions in this regard were issued by the Home Ministry. “The Chief Minister was in New Delhi when he was informed about the decision”, sources, privy to the development said adding, “He was asked to ensure that the state machinery was mobilized but at the same time the matter shall be kept a secret”.
Omar conveyed the decision of the union government to some of the top police officials and his deputy home minister Sajad Kichloo but only after 10 pm.
“The Chief Minister rushed to Srinagar at around midnight last from New Delhi and immediately asked to top officials to ensure mobilization of Police and CRPF across Valley”, sources added.
It was also learnt that the MoS Home Sajad Kichloo and Director General of Police Ashok Prasad were in Jammu till early morning but they were asked to monitor the mobilization process from Jammu. Both of them rushed to Srinagar early Saturday morning.
“Only a few of the top police officers were knowing that Afzal Guru was being hanged”, sources said adding that the middle rung officers were only asked to ensure that curfew is imposed in their respective jurisdiction in the morning.
A senior police officer said that Chief Minister has now asked MoS Home Sajad Kichloo to monitor situation after every hour and keep him updated.
Sources said that Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Madhav Lal was also scheduled to meet top officials of Home Ministry in New Delhi late today evening in order to give a feedback about the prevailing situation in the state.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST
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