J&K govt announces aid for Burhan Wani’s family, ally BJP protests

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Jammu, Dec 14, 2016: The Jammu & Kashmir government on Tuesday announced compensation for the family of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, the brother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani who was killed by the security forces on July 8.

Wani’s brother, killed in militancy-related incidents in the Valley, while the government gave one week’s time for filing of any objection before formal orders are issued.

According to a notification issued by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, exgratia relief under rules has been cleared by the District Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee (DLSCC) in favour of next of kin of those persons who died in militancy-related incidents.

The DLSCC meeting took place under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Muneer-ul-Islam, on November 24. The deputy commissioner has sought objections, if any, to the notice within seven days before the formal orders are issued.

Under the rules, the Wani family will get Rs 4 lakh and a government job from the state. In all, the state announced compensation for the families of 106 people who were either killed by security forces accidentally or by militants.

Army had claimed that Khalid was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. However, locals claimed that he had no links with militancy.

He was a student of political science at Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Meanwhile, after the move furore has sparked off with the ruling PDP’s ally BJP saying that it opposes it.

Advocate and chief spokesperson of the BJP in J&K, Sunil Sethi said that “The BJP will oppose it because we are of the firm opinion that he was a terrorist. There is no provision for grant of ex-gratia or compensation to the family of a slain terrorist.”

The state government has, however, said that the list was “preliminary” and that it has called for “objections”, if any, from individuals and institutions, such as the Army, before confirming its decision.

 Wefornews Bureau

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