"We received a request from Mirwaiz for the peaceful protest and we gave them the permission. But the trust has been betrayed. Mirwaiz and Yasin abused the trust that they had been given to carry out peaceful protest and also the sentiments of the Eid festival," state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told CNN-IBN.
"A handful of protests in the state on Eid is very unfortunate. A small minority, a section of the crowd decided to burn the police barracks. Such incidents also weaken my case. In the face of violence it becomes difficult to move forward," said Omar.
Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) SM Sahai also blamed the Mirwaiz for the violence in which police barracks were set on fire by mobs.
However, the Mirwaiz said that he did not incite the mob and claimed that Hurriyat Conference had always "stood for peaceful protests".
He also said that "half-hearted steps taken by Central Government would not help" while adding that Kashmir was a political problem and that all the political parties should come together and solve the problem.