Omar Abdullah meets Chidambaram

New Delhi, July 17 (Calcutta Tube) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday met union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at his residence here to discuss ‘the way forward’ to bring peace in the the troubled state.

‘We discussed the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was about to discuss how to equip the state police and the paramilitary forces with a technique to control crowd so that no innocent people are killed in protests,’ Abdullah told reporters after the meeting.

He said the meeting was about the latest development in the state and ‘my visit was to see what all we need to do in the coming days’.

Asked about the pulling back of the army from the Srinagar roads, Abdullah said the army was a ‘part of state’s counter-insurgency grid. It is also part of necessary deployment on the LoC (Line of Control). There is no other role for the army in Kashmir’.

About 14 civilians have been killed in police firing in Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdullah, who arrived in Delhi this morning, is also likely to meet Defence Minister A.K. Antony later in the day.

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