Naxal attack in Chattisgarh due to security lapse: Omar Abdullah

Jammu, May 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday condemned the Naxal attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and called it a “security lapse” on the part of the state government.

He told mediapersons that the way the attack was carried out showed that security measures were not followed.

“Casualties are high. We send our condolences to the bereaved families,” Abdullah said.

“I will take up this issue in the internal security meet in New Delhi June 5. I will draw attention towards the growing threat of Naxalism, which is following a pattern that we have seen in Kashmir,” he said.

“First, they target security forces, then they hit soft targets. Politicians, who have to move among the people, are soft targets,” he said.

About revoking the provisions of the the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, the chief minister said he was asking the “revocation of AFSPA from some select areas and not from the entire state”.

He added that even state Congress chief Saif-ud-Din Soz has supported the demand. “Soz also wants AFSPA to go from select areas of the state,” Abdullah said.

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