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Attack on Omar: probe indicates security lapse

New Delhi, October 31
A probe into the militant attack on National Conference President Omar Abdullah in Anantnag has indicated lapses in adherence to security norms for the former Union Minister, a Z category protectee.

Sources said a high-level central security team which was in Kashmir valley recently has pointed out that advanced security lesion was not carried out properly by the district police.

Proper sanitisation of the area was not done despite an advance information that two Z plus category protectees, Omar and his father and NC patron Farooq Abdullah, were visiting the area to attend a prayer ceremony for a slain party leader, they said.

The team has sealed the jammer, which bore the brunt of the landmine blast triggered by the militants last Sunday, and would analyse as to whether it failed in detecting the explosive or there was any human error.

It found that the Abdullahs had not been provided bullet proof cars despite Omar being a Central government protectee, the sources said.

The team also found that Omar had to share the jammer provided to him with his father which was contrary to prescribed norms of the Central security agencies to the state government.

The jammer was reportedly also being used by a minister of the Mufti Sayeed government, the sources said. PTI
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