Srinagar: Ahead of the first death anniversary of the slain militant commander, Burhan Wani, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed security agencies not to mention him in any written communication.
The MHA according to media reports has instructed agencies to mention Burhan Wani as “one of the militants killed in an encounter”. The move was reportedly taken after the “glorification” of Burhan Wani by militant groups on social media and by Pakistan at international forums, including the UN.
Burhan Wani, who was a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in a gunfight in Kokarnag area of Anantnag district on July 8, 2016. The killing of Burhan Wani, who was a hit on social media among Kashmiri youths, triggered a widespread uprising in Kashmir. To avoid any unwarranted incident around the first anniversary of the killing of Burhan Wani, the MHA has asked security agencies to downplay his image by not taking his name.
“For all future references, the incidents will be recorded as an encounter of three militants on July 8 and not Burhan Wani. It is much safer as the government is not committing to anything even if at a later stage the information supplied regarding the name and the organisation to which the militant belongs turns out to be inaccurate,” media reports quoting some senior home ministry official said.