Omar Abdullah (National Conference)
Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR — Former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday alleged that he was denied permission to visit Rajouri for a party function.

Authorities suspended internet service and imposed restrictions on the assembly of people after tension between Gujjar and Paharis.

Gujjars are up in arms after the Parliament gave nod to the grant of Scheduled Tribe status to the Pahari community in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government claimed that the action won’t affect the reservation status of Gujjars.

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Omar Abdullah said it is the responsibility of the government to take the Gujjar community into confidence. He said he was intending to visit Rajouri but was denied permission.

He added that the gates of his house were locked by the police and he was escorted to his office like a “criminal” to stop him from visiting the Sunderbani area of Rajouri district.

“And as the elections draw closer, I am sure such curbs will witness a spurt,” he told reporters at the party headquarters here.

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He said only those people are allowed to carry out political activities who praise BJP and speak their language.

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