Budgam killings served to vitiate poll atmosphere: Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR – Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday expressed dismay over the killing of two civilians in Chattergam area of Budgam the previous day.

In a series of tweets, the Chief Minister termed the deaths “avoidable”. He stated that the incident served to vitiate the poll atmosphere in the Kashmir region. “These deaths have served to vitiate the poll atmosphere already strained by the post flood reconstruction challenge that people face,” he said in a tweet.

“Such killings have no place in an otherwise improving security environment where militancy incidents are at record low levels,” he added.

Omar also claimed to have spoken to the Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley regarding the incident. “… army firing resulted in 2 avoidable deaths”, Omar said.

Pertinently, Jaitley Monday evening said that the incident was regrettable and that a fair enquiry will be held and action taken against those found guilty.