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Custodial death: J&K govt defends Omar

Oct 02, 2011 05:56 PM IST Politics Politics

Srinagar: The ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir is on the backfoot over the custodial death of one of its party workers.

The man died in custody after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah turned him in for allegedly taking money to fix ministerial berths.

Omar has ordered a probe into the worker's death. However, the Opposition PDP demanded Omar's resignation on Saturday.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has hit back at the PDP for politicising the issue and said that there was no need for Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to resign. "This is an allegation and asking for the Chief Minister's resignation is not justified," Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim rather said.

The Jammu and kashmir government has promised to ensure that those found guilty in the ongoing judicial probe will be brought to book.