Srinagar: In a bizzare move, JK govt. has announced compensation for brother of slain militant, Burhan Wani. The death of Burhan Wani has caused furore in valley with wrath being seen till date.
With this move by JK govt. they have rubbished the claims made by Indian Army of alleged links of Burhan’s brother with Hizbul Mujahideen. The army claimed Khalid Wani was an ‘overground worker’ of the Hizbul Mujahideen. On Dec 12, Srinagar’s widely circulated newpaper carried a public notice released by the office of the deputy commissioner of Pulwama district of South Kashmir. The notice announced ex-gratia relief for 106 victims of death, injury and damage to property.
Among the names chosen, an ex-gratia relief for the elder brother of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, Khalid Muzaffar Wani who was killled by army on April 13, 2015, was a shock for the residents of valley.
Khalid Wani,features at number 9 in the list. While Burhan had left home at the age of 15 in October 2010 to join the Hizbul Mujahideen, his brother Khalid lived in Tral in Pulwama district with his family. 25 year old Khalid was pursuing a Masters degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
On April 13, 2015, he told his mother he was going for a picnic. Hours later, his body was found in the nearby jungles.
The army claimed Khalid had been “operating as an overground worker” for the Hizbul and was killed in an encounter. But his family refused to accept the army’s claims. But his family refused to accept the army’s claims. Locals alleged Khalid Wani had been killed because he was Burhan’s brother. Most believed he was followed by the army because they suspected he was meeting his brother.
Locals alleged Khalid Wani had been killed by army because he was Burhan’s brother.
The vital condition for granting compensation is that the dead person should not be a militant.
NOT A MILITANT
Khalid’ father, Muzaffar Wani was unaware that his son has been given ex-gratia. On confronting a local daily about his view on Khali’d name being on the list among 106 other, he said that Khalid was not a militant.
“My son was innocent. He would not leave home for night outs,” he said. “Not a single case had been registered against him.”
Muzaffar Wani alleged his son was tortured and killed in the custody of the security forces. “Khalid’s teeth were broken,” he said. “There was no bullet mark on his body. His head was hit by some object.” He submitted photos showing the torture marks on his son’s body.