Controversy: Omar Abdullah gave Rs 15 lakh for arresting Masarat Alam, reveals top cop

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Srinagar, March 12: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah may land in a new trouble following the revelations made by former top cop Ashiq Hussain Bukhari in connection with separatist leader Masarat Alam.

Bhukari, who served as a senior superintendent of police of Srinagar, came forward with the statement that Omar Abdullah wanted Masarat Alam to be dead. [Who is Masarat Alam and why his release from jail created uproar in Kashmir, India: Explained]

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The Home Ministry will surely take up the issue seriously and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will raise the issue in Lok Sabha to launch a frontal attack against Abdullah.

The former police officer also claimed that he was awarded Rs 15 lakh by the then Jammu and Kashmir CM in the year 2010 for detaining the separatist leader Masarat Alam.

In an interview with a news website on Tuesday, March 10, Bukhari quoted Abdullah as saying, "Why he didn't you bump off this man?" Abdullah's reaction came when he was informed about Alam's arrest, claimed Bukhari.

The former top cop also pointed out that promotions were given to seven police officers in return for the arrest of separatist leader. However, Bukhari later denied the statements.

"It is rubbish. I have not said it. I have said Omar Abdullah paid us Rs 15 lakh as cash reward and seven persons were given out of turn promotion for arresting Alam,' said Bukhari.

"During my period as SSP Srinagar I received Rs 1.5 crore reward for the good work because in my jurisdiction there was no killing after I joined in last week of June 2010," he added.

The National Conference (NC) rejected the allegations made by Bukhari against its working president and described his statement as a "malicious propaganda".

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