Srinagar, Mar 23:
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was on Tuesday released after 232 days as
the government revoked his detention order under Public Safety Act.
that he will “speak wholeheartedly” about the “lot which happed while he was in
detention but only after the present battle against coronavirus, which he
described being about “life and death”, was over.
“In these 232
days, a lot has happened. A lot changed. For us individually and or us
collectively. I thought a lot what I would say the moment I come out. What I
would say about what happened on August 5. What I would say about the way
J&K state was broken up into two union territories. What I would say about
the status of Jammu and Kashmir and about the hardships the people faced. How
our children could not go to schools for many months, how our shops keepers
couldn’t make any earning, hotels were closed, taxi drivers could make any
earnings, our houseboat owners and shikara people, our factory men faced
tremendous hardships,” Omar, wearing a
blue and grey striped T-shirt, told media men.
“I was detained
and confined at one place but hardships by people who were closed in their
homes are huge. I had thought to talk a lot about it but today I am cogent to
the fact that we are fighting a huge battle, it is about life and death,” Omar,
who now grown a beard, said.
have assembled here against the government directive. We have been told to keep
social distance and take other hygiene measures. The politics of the state,
situation and what happened on August 5, I will talk about it fully. First and
foremost there is need to get rid of this coronavirus and save ourselves,
parents, children, neighbours and friends and also those detained within state
or outside,” he said and demanded release of all detainees, whether lodged in
Jammu and Kashmir or outside.
“I want in this
difficult situation, centre government to have mercy on them, release them and
pardon them and bring them home,” he said, adding, “I request the centre to
please release all, be it Mehbooba ji or my NC colleges or from PDP or from any
other party, some of them are those who are not linked to any party and are
detained since August.”
He also demanded
restoration of high-speed internet in wake of the present pandemic.
“I also request
the centre that for God sake please restore 3G and 4G internet and lift the
communication clampdown,” he said, adding, “Give us 3G and 4G which has been
snatched from us.
We are told that we should get awareness and
other lessons against coronavirus. What shall we surf when nothing (no website)
He also requested
people to maintain social distance and take other preventive measures. “I will
talk wholeheartedly about Article 370, 35A, UT or bifurcation of state once
coronavirus is controlled.”