Omar tweets curfew justification

Jul 01, 2012, 09:11 IST | Agencies

Says the restriction of movement in certain areas following the Dastageer shrine fire was needed

In the wake of the Dastageer shrine fire, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the situation demanded an imposition of restrictions in some parts of the city. He also apologised to the people for the inconvenience.

“ (But)I make no apologies for the administrative measures used over the last few days in a handful of police stations. Situation demanded it,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

He added that the people who were against the restrictions were keen to see a repeat of 2010, which saw regular clashes between security forces and protesters.

“We did what we had to do to maintain peace. And if you want to see examples of people who would rather have seen blood spill on the streets, take a look at my time-line,” he added.

The curfew disallowed movement of people in six police station areas of the old city for four days, after the 200 year-old shrine of Dastageer Sahib at Khanyar was destroyed in a fire on Monday.

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