Handwara protests genuine expression of anger: Omar

New Delhi—Protests in Handwara were genuine expression of anger towards the army and cannot be rigged on this scale as they mushroomed because of the way they were handled by the state government, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said.
He downplayed apprehensions of a new wave of militancy hitting South Kashmir but cautioned that the government need to remain watchful.
“I don’t think you can rig the protest on this scale and not to the point that people are willing to lay down their lives because of their sentiments or their feeling,” Omar said in an interview to Karan Thapar on India Today TV.—GK

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