Srinagar: BJP which earlier had contrasting views on Burhan Wani’s killing today seemed to be toeing the PDP line with the statement.
Weeks after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh today said that the incident was an accident.
Singh went on to say that the troops were unaware of the presence of Wani at the encounter site. “It was an accident as they did not know about his presence. The troops accidentally killed Wani. Had they been aware of his presence, they would have taken precautions,” said Nirmal Singh.
The proclamation comes two days after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made a similar statement. On Thursday, Mufti had said that the security forces were unaware of Wani’s presence at the encounter site on July 8.
“As far as I know, what I heard from the police and the army, who said they only knew that there were three militants inside the house but did not know who they were,” Mufti said.
“I feel if they knew, perhaps we would not have such a situation when the overall situation in the state was improving, so it could have been a chance,” she added.
Interestingly, contradicting Mehbooba Mufti’s stand, BJP state chief Sat Sharma on Saturday said that security forces had the knowledge of Burhan Wani’s presence at the encounter site. Terming the killing of Wani as “success”, Sharma said identity of the “terrorist doesn’t matter” in such operations.
“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.
He said, “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 said.
“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.