Jammu and Kashmir’s BJP-PDP government has courted new controversy after it decide to award an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to next of kin of 17 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s brother who was killed by the Indian army.
Burhan Wani’s brother Khalid Muzaffar Wani had died in Buchoo forest area of Tral on April 13 last year.
Army, according to PTI, had said that Khalid was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. However, locals claimed that he had no links with militancy.
Khalid (25) was pursuing Masters Degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
Reacting to the development, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said, “Since the Govt has cleared Burhan’s brother as innocent will there be an inquiry in to how the army killed an innocent person in 2015?”
Burhan Wani’s killing by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area on 8 July this year had triggered unrest in the Valley which has left as many as 86 people dead.
According to a notification issued by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama on Monday, ex-gratia relief under rules has been cleared by the District Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee (DLSCC) in favour of next of kin of those who died in militancy-related incidents.
Among the 17 names in the list of persons killed in militancy-related incidents is Wani’s brother, Khalid Muzaffar Wani, who died in firing by security forces in Buchoo forest area of Tral on April 13 last year.
The DLSCC meeting took place under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Muneer-ul-Islam, on November 24. The deputy commissioner has sought objections, if any, to the notice within seven days before the formal orders are issued.
Under the rules, an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh is sanctioned in such cases.
Also on the list is Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, a contractual lecturer who died when he was allegedly beaten up by the army personnel at Khrew in Pulwama on August 17 this year.
Locals had claimed that army conducted house to house searches for the youths, who were leading violent protests in the area, which was resisted by the residents of Khrew. In the ensuing clash, 30-year-old Mangoo died.
Army had ordered an inquiry into the incident, saying such incidents would not be tolerated.
“These raids were not sanctioned in the first place. It is unjustified. Nobody can support it and it will not be tolerated,” the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda had said.