The Killing of Burhan Wani and its Aftermath - A chronology

Md. Sadiq

15 July 2016

Burhan Wani
Burhan Wani.

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Events following the encounter killing of militant Burhan Wani (compiled from newspaper reports).

 

8 July 2016 - Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen commander, who redefined the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, was killed along with two of his associates in an encounter at Waibombdora village in Dooru-Verinag-Kokarnag area of South Kashmir's Anantnag district. Syed Javid Mujtaba Gillani, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone said: 'He was killed in a house in a built-up area.'

Carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakhs, Burhan was wanted by police in 10 at least 12 cases registered against him. In 2012, then 17 years old Burhan was charged for attacking a security guard at Arigam and snatching his weapon. This was the first case registered against him by police after he picked gun in 2010. The first causality under his hands was in 2014, when he and his associates fired upon Sarpanch Abdul Ahad and his son at Batagun. The High Court also issued warrant against Burhan for killing a Sarpanch. Police also blamed him for series of killings of village heads in 2013. In 2013 as per police he fired upon Army's 2RR at Buchoo in which three army men were killed.

Tech savvy Hizbul poster boy, Burhan liked to be photographed and used the social media to reach out to people. For the Gen Next of Kashmir, Wani was an icon of their aspirations.  His death resembled that of another young Kashmiri, Ashfaq Majeed Wani. Both had turned to militancy and were killed while in their early twenties. Both became popular icons and were inspirational for a vast majority of the people.

 

9 July 2016 - At least 11 people were killed and scores wounded in southern Kashmir on Saturday as violence erupted over the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani , sparking fears of an upsurge in militancy in the region. Wani's body was buried in his hometown Tral amid mass wailing and angry anti-India slogans, a day after security forces gunned down the 21-year-old militant who was the face of militancy in Kashmir over the last five years. Protesters hurled stones, looted police weapons and set fire to three police stations and two government buildings in towns south of Srinagar. Scores were injured on both sides and three policemen have gone missing.

Kashmiri pundits were attacked by stone pelting mobs in Kulgam. Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations condemned stone-pelting on minorities and demanded immediate deployment of army around temples and KP employees' colonies in the Valley. They also alleged that the community was under 'grave fear and threat' in the Valley. 'We are caught in Katayani temple complex in Kulgam along with families and children. We were subjected to stone pelting by a mob,' All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) Chairman Vinood Pandit said.

 

10 July 2016 - Kashmir continued to be on the boil with six more people, including a cop, getting killed in violence, raising the death toll to 21, even as curfew- like restrictions were in force and Mobile internet services remained suspended. Amarnath Yatra also remained suspended for the second day from Jammu due to the Kashmir unrest in which over 200 people, many of them police and security personnel, have been injured.

Police were getting the worst of it judging from reports. A police driver Feroz Ahmad was killed after a mob pushed his mobile bunker vehicle into river Jhelum at Sangam in Anantnag district, the official said. Efforts were on to fish out the body of the deceased cop. In another incident, a head constable of police was shot in both legs by militants last night at his residence in Tral area of Pulwama district, the official said. Three policemen, who went missing after a large mob attacked a police station in Damhal Hanjipora yesterday, are still untraceable. One more police post was burnt by some mobs today. A police spokesman said the situation in valley remained under control today though incidents of arson and mob attacks were reported. He said it has been seen that in the garb of law and order situations, militants are firing and lobbing grenades on police and CRPF personnel. 'Militants lobbed two grenades on CRPF deployed on law and order duties in Murran Chowk resulting in injuries to some CRPF personnel,' the spokesman said. In Shopian, the vehicle of SP Shopian was fired upon and a grenade was also lobbed, he said, adding militants also fired upon the Police Post Uttressu. He said a number of police establishments and camps were also attacked during the day, resulting in damage to the property and injuries to scores of Police and CRPF personnel.

Three families of migrant employees have abandoned the Haal transit camp late last night and migrated to Zeashta Devi shrine in Srinagar after they were scared by the mob attack on the camp during last two days. Panic gripped the entire migrant camp at Haal, Pulwma during the night of July 8 when a frenzied mob protesting against the killing of dreaded terrorist attacked the camp with stones, broke window panes of buildings and private vehicles of the employees putting up there. The migrant employees in the camp are so scared that they have been demanding their eviction to safer places.

 

11 July 2016 - WHILE PROTESTS continued in the Valley for the third consecutive day, spreading to Srinagar after a death in the city late last night, there were no fresh deaths on Monday. The toll, however, rose to 30 as some deaths in south Kashmir over the weekend had not been reported. Appealing for peace, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the government was taking 'various measures to restore calm' but she required 'people's support'. 30 people, including a policeman, had died since Friday evening when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed in an encounter at Kokernag in Anantnag. Sources said 15 people - including the policeman who died when protesters pushed a police vehicle into the Jhelum - were killed in Anantnag district, 12 were killed in the twin districts of Kulgam and Shopian, two in Pulwama, and one in Srinagar. As protests continued on Monday, security forces fired pellets and opened fire on protesters when they threw stones at a CRPF camp in Burhan Wani's village of Tral in south Kashmir. Sixteen protesters were injured in the firing. At Bijbehara, security forces opened fire on protesters, injuring three persons - two of them critically injured.

 

12 July 2016 - : The situation in Kashmir continues to be on the edge as two more youth were killed in fresh firing by cops in North Kashmir's Kupwara district while a youth from Bijbehara succumbed to injuries in the hospital on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 34 in four days of clashes after Hizb commander Burhan Wani's death. People staged anti-government demonstration at Kralpora, Kupwara today to protest against the civilian killings. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding action against the cops and force personnel involved in the civilian killings. The youth clashed with the cops, who were deployed in the area. They also pelted stones on armoured vehicle of police. The cops restored to tear gas shelling and fired on the protestors, causing injuries to 12 of them. The injured were rushed to hospital, where two of the critically injured succumbed to injuries.

 

Security forces are bracing for the first Friday prayers after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani against the backdrop of growing evidence of a secessionist plot to raise an arsenal with arms snatched from security forces. According to sources, a mob took away around 70 semi-automatic and automatic weapons of J&K police after storming a police station in Damhal Hanji Pora in Kulgam two days ago. On Tuesday, two separate attempts were made with the purpose of snatching weapons from troops. In Tral, a group attacked four constables at a police post in the morning and tried to snatch their weapons. The policemen managed to save their rifles but protesters made away with the magazines. In late evening, a police station was attacked in Karalpura with the armoury as the possible target. It took the CRPF and a contingent of local police a lot of grit and resolve to push back the mob. On Monday, two CRPF men accompanying a civilian with a heart condition to a local hospital were attacked by a mob. 'The jawans fought despite being hit on the head with rods and stones and didn't let the protesters take the rifles,' said a CRPF official.

 

13 July 2016 - With curfew strictly imposed in parts of Kashmir, there were lesser protests today but a protester was killed in Anantnag in security forces firing this evening and another succumbed to injuries while third one's body was fished out from river taking the number of killed in recent violence to 36 and the number of injured has gone up to 1500. A youth identified as Hial Ahmad Shah was killed in Harnag in Anantnag town after security forces fired at him. Reports said that an Army vehicle was encircled by a group of protesters at Harnag and a party of security forces that was dealing with the law and order problem fired at protesters killing Shah on the spot. One Javaid Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone, resident of Mishpora in Khudwani Kulgam, succumbed to his injuries today. An official said here that the number of injured in the violence during last 5 days of violence has gone over 1500 including around 500 police and para-military CRPF men.

 

14 July 2016 - Over 3100 people, including 1500 security personnel, have been injured during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir that began after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir government said today while releasing the data. Majority of the injured people have either been discharged from hospitals or treated for minor injuries in Out Patient Department (OPD), while 244 patients are still admitted in various government run hospitals, an official spokesman said. No major clash was reported today from anywhere in Kashmir where uneasy calm prevailed with normal life remaining disrupted for the sixth consecutive day. Meanwhile, one more injured youth succumbed to injuries at a hospital here, raising to 36 the death toll in the ongoing unrest.

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