December 2016 News

BJP Ministers: Will Block Ex Gratia To Burhan's Family

19 December 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: Amid outrage over the decision of the state government to sanction ex gratia to the family of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, BJP ministers today assured party leaders that they will stall the move to release the compensation. This assurance was given during the meeting of the office-bearers and legislators, which was convened this afternoon to devise the party's strategy for the coming Budget Session of the Assembly. Sources said the issue of compensation to Burhan's family was raised by some legislators but they were assured by ministers that only a notice in this regard had been issued by the Deputy Commissioner concerned and no final decision had been taken in this regard. 'To placate party leaders, the BJP ministers assured that sanctioning compensation in favour of any person who dies under mysterious circumstances is a very cumbersome process. They said it was rather impossible to get clearance to release compensation for Burhan's brother,' the sources said. As reported earlier, there was a strong anger among the BJP cadre after the state government announced the compensation for the death of Burhan's elder brother Khalid Wani, who was killed by the Army on April 13, 2015. The sources said in the meeting, the BJP legislators were directed to raise only those issues which pertained to the constituency of the party. 'The legislators were asked to raise the issues of border inhabitants, refugees of PoJK and other problems being faced by the residents of the Jammu region,' the sources said. The sources said the legislators were directed by the party leaders to strongly take up the issue of settling foreigners, including Rohingya refugees and some Bangladeshi on the outskirts of Jammu city. As reported earlier, some social and business organisations have already expressed their concern over settling foreigners in Jammu city.