July 2016 News
BJP Contradicts Mehbooba: Forces Did Know It's Wani30 July 2016
The New Indian Express
Srinagar: Two days after Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said security forces were not aware of the presence of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani at the encounter site where he was killed, the PDP's coalition partner BJP contradicted her. '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', BJP state president Sat Paul Sharma said on Saturday, adding that 'without information' security forces would not act. 'The people who take up gun to disintegrate the nation don't consider Jammu & Kashmir to be part of India. They are terrorists and deserve to be killedthe way our security forces have acted by eliminating the terrorist who wanted to disintegrate the country is worth commendation,' Sharma said. Mehbooba, who heads the PDP-BJP coalition government in the volatile border state, said on Thursday, 'Had they known about his presence, perhaps they might have given him a chance keeping in view the improving situation in the state.' Reacting to her statement, the Congress said it was the biggest failure of intelligence agencies and the government that they were unaware about Wani's presence. 'It was the biggest failure of intelligence agencies. The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir was unaware about Burhan Wani's presence and gave orders to attack on our people. The security forces would not have taken action without her orders. So she was clueless and so were her partners at the Centre and what was the result of that? Our people were beaten up and many were blinded,' Congress leader Renuka Choudhary said. Life in the Valley remained crippled for the 22nd consecutive day on Saturday due to the curfew and restrictions and the shutdown called by separatists. At least 10 persons were injured in clashes with security men in central Budgam, Shopian and Anantnag districts. A mob pelted stones on the cavalcade of Education Minister Naeem Akhtar. Meanwhile, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have extended their strike to August 5. They also announced a relaxation in curfew after 6 pm daily. Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Mehmood Shah asked people to obey the shutdown call given by the separatist leaders and warned those defying it of dire consequences. A court issued a non-bailable warrant against the SSP of Srinagar for not registering a case against a DySP in a case related to the killing of a youth in Tengpora of the state capital.