Why was Burhan not given a chance to surrender asks PDP MP

Srinagar, July 14: Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, a senior PDP leader and MP, on Thursday alleged that security forces did not give Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and his two aides a chance to surrender before killing them.

Beigh also told media persons that the police and the army had not informed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti about the July 8 operation in advance that would have allowed the state government to make “contingency plans” and prevent the subsequent widespread violence that left “nearly 40 people dead”.

“It is a serious offence and I have asked the Chief Minister to appoint a high-powered committee that will examine the circumstances in which Burhan Wani was killed,” Beigh told media persons.

Beigh, a known legal luminary, explained that the police and army have claimed that the operation in a south Kashmir village where Wani was killed ended in three-and-a-half minutes.

“All SOPs could not have been followed in such a short time,” the former Deputy Chief Minister said.

“The Supreme Court has laid down the guidelines that forces have to take a magistrate along and ask militants to surrender first before using non-lethal force to flush them out.

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