Singh, who was seated next to the Chief Minister on the dais, was seen making gestures to pacify Mehbooba who took on a reporter when reminded about her opposition to use of force and locking up of separatists in 2010 when rival NC leader Omar Abdullah was the Chief Minister.
 
“Muje kya bolenge yeh Sir. maine inke bachon ko bachaya hai Task Force se (What can they tell me. I have saved their kids from Special Task force)," Mehbooba, who lost her cool, retorted with an abrupt ‘thank you, now you can have a cup of tea’.

The 57-year-old Mehbooba was visibily irritated when a reporter asked her about her stand during 2010 agitation and quoted her interviews in which she had questioned the then government led by Omar Abdullah for using force against children and arrest of Hurriyat leaders. The reporter while posing a query about her stand during the ongoing unrest in the Valley also made an observation that she and Omar had only changed places it seems.

Mehbooba replied, "this is wrong analysis. In 2010, there was a fake encounter in Machil where three civilians were killed. After that there was rape and murder allegations in Shopian..."

When other reporters wanted to chip in with supplementary questions and clarification, she shouted back ‘let me complete first and continued’ this time an encounter took place in which three terrorists were killed, how is government responsible for that.

"People came on streets, we imposed curfew. Did the children go to army camps to buy toffees (candy)? Was the 15-year-old boy, who attacked the police station at Damhal Hanjipora (in south Kashmir), going there to get milk. Don't compare both the things. People had genuine anger that time (2010)," she said.

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