New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on showered praise on National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for avoiding large gathering on uncle Mohd Ali Mattoo’s demise. Also Read - Procure Vaccines From All Sources, Halt Central Vista Project: 12 Opposition Leaders Write to PM Modi

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“Condolences to you and the entire family, Omar Abdullah. May his soul rest in peace. In this hour of grief, your call to avoid any large gathering is appreciable and will strengthen India’s fight against COVID-19,” Modi tweeted. Also Read - Assam Govt Issues Fresh COVID-19 Guidelines With Effect from May 13; Check What's Allowed, What's Not

His tweet came in response to Abdullah’s post wherein he shared that his uncle Mohd Ali Mattoo has passed away after a brief illness.

“At this difficult time the family appeals to everyone to respect the guidelines to not gather either at his residence or the graveyard. Your prayers from your homes will give peace to his soul.”

Last week, he was released after over seven months in detention in the Valley. Abdullah was kept in detention since August 5 last year, when the Centre revoked Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.