BJP on Saturday contradicted its alliance partner and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on the latter’s claims that security forces were not aware about the presence of Burhan Wani.
The BJP said that the security forces had knowledge of Hizbul poster boy, Burhan Wani’s presence at the encounter site. Terming the killing of Wani as “success”, Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Sat Sharma said identity of the terrorist “doesn’t matter” in such operations.’Burhan Wani
“As far as the question of the event (killing of Wani) is concerned definitely the security forces had the knowledge they knew who was inside and they undertook their job after taking everything into consideration”, he said, adding “without information” security forces do not act.
“the people who take up gun to disintegrate the nation and don’t consider Jammu and Kashmir to be part of India, they are terrorists and deserve to be killed…the way our security forces have acted by eliminating the terrorist who wanted to disintegrate the country is worth commendation,” Sharma was quoted by PTI.
On Thursday, Mehbooba had said the security forces were not aware of Hizbul commander Wani’s presence during the July 8 raid, at his hideout at Kokernag in South Kashmir, where he was killed. Mehbooba also indicated that had the security forces known about Wani’s presence, the situation could have perhaps been controlled better.
“As far as the statement of chief minister is concerned, we must keep the morale of the security forces high. As the president of the state unit of BJP, I can say the identity of the terrorist does not matter for the security forces.” He said Wani carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head and his killing was a “success” for the security forces.