By News Desk | Jammu
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today made an emotional speech in the state assembly on the death of a 24-year-old man in firing by Indian army during a protest in district Varmul of north Kashmir.
The forces had opened fire on the gathering, protesting for the return of the body of Indian Parliament attack accused Mohammad Afzal Guru. One man, Tahir Rasool Sofi, was killed and several others were injured. Curfew has been declared in Baramulla.
“The opposition has walked out of the House, but I cannot do that as I am chief minister. But please tell me how many times I will seek forgiveness and promise the families of the dead that I will get justice done for them,” he said, after losing his composure, while replying to the motion of thanks on the governor’s address.
“I don’t know why the bullets were fired on a small procession. There were many big processions in the aftermath of the execution of (parliament attack convict) Afzal Guru, but there was no firing,” he said. He also added, “I am not a mad person that I am seeking withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).”
“Do people in a procession throwing stones deserve to be shot at? Is this the first time people have thrown stones at the forces? Why did they fire?” said Abdullah in the assembly. He also said, “They (opposition) can show their emotion, throw stones and run away. I have the same emotions, maybe more, how do I show them?”
The main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other legislators had attacked him verbally over the young man’s death.