Omar hits out at PM, CM for trucker’s death

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 18:  Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today blamed BJP and its allies for the death of a Kashmiri trucker, who was injured in a petrol bomb attack at Udhampur district earlier this month.
Omar asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, as to who would be blamed for the death of Zahid Ahmed.
“The Hon PM passed the buck on to @yadavakhilesh and the UP Govt for #Dadri. Who will he blame for #Zahid’s death now.
“Another needless death in the name of #BeefBan for which the BJP and its affiliates including allies are directly responsible,” he tweeted.
Two persons from Kashmir were critically injured when miscreants attacked their truck with petrol bomb in Udhampur on October 9. They were hospitalised in Jammu before being shifted to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi, where one of them — Zahid — succumbed to injuries this morning.
“Zahid, the trucker petrol bombed in Udhampur in the name of beef protest, has died in Delhi earlier this morning. May Allah grant him Jannat (heaven),” Omar said.
“I met him yesterday & though he was sitting up & communicating doctors were non-committal about his chances. Prayers with #Zahid’s family,” he added.
The NC leader also hit out at the Mufti Sayeed Government saying, “And to think that all the State Govt could do was to throw 10,000 rupees at #Zahid & wash it’s hands off the whole thing #BeefMurder.”
Meanwhile, raising questions over the foundation stone laying ceremony of Central University Kashmir by Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday, Omar said it had already been done by previous HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju. The ceremony has now been postponed.
“I believe HRD Minister is laying the Foundation Stone for the Central University Kashmir. Strange, @Pallamraju and I did that some time ago,” Omar tweeted.
Pallam Raju and Omar had laid the foundation stone of the university at Ganderbal on May 28, 2013.
“The executing agency has changed from CPWD to NBCC and that’s the justification for a new foundation stone being laid!” Omar added.

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