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‘We didn’t kill innocent people’: Omar hits back at J&K police chief 

National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah has reacted to Jammu and Kashmir Police chief who had said that some Kashmir-based mainstream parties are provoking the public. 

Responding to a question about the reported remarks of the J&K Director General of Police Dilbag Singh that some Kashmir-based mainstream parties are provoking the public, the NC leader said, “It is better to ask him (police chief) about it.” “However, we (the NC) have neither provoked people in the past, nor have any program to provoke them in the future. We are saying that the government should do its work in a rightful manner and the people will stay calm and maintain peace,” he said.

Referring to the November 15 encounter in Hyderpora of Srinagar, which left four persons dead, the former chief minister said, “When there is a mistake from the government, people get annoyed…we did not do the Hyderpora encounter, the people were not involved in the encounter as well.

“Innocent people were not killed by us. If people got agitated, why blame us? We are not responsible for that,” he said, adding “those guilty should be identified and brought to book.” 

In response to a question about hoisting of the Indian flag in the valley, he said, “We had two flags (prior to August 5, 2019) but never preferred one flag to another and kept both the flags high.” 

He further shot back by saying he hoisted the Indian flag on August 15 and January 26 when he was the chief minister but added it was also “our right to unfurl the state flag as well” which was given to the people of J&K by the Constitution.

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