Burhan Wani’s killing was an accident, confesses senior BJP leader

Published: July 31, 2016
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A file photo of Burhan Wani

A file photo of Burhan Wani

Three weeks after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) leader Burhan Wani was killed in a gun battle with Indian forces in held Kashmir the joint government of Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is still unable to explain the government’s position on the killing of the separatist leader.

“It was an accident. If we had known about it earlier then we would have taken precautions prior to operation,” said Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh on Sunday.

However, hours after making the statement, which echoed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that security forces would have given a chance to Wani had they known about his presence in the target house at Bamdoora village in Anantnag, Singh backtracked saying, “Facts have been misinterpreted.”

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“I was asked about government’s failure on controlling the violence that happened after the operation. I said precautions would have been taken so that violence would not have happened after Burhan’s killing,” the BJP leader said.

The BJP had earlier contradicted Mufti’s statement about Wani’s presence in the house where an intelligence-based operation was conducted by Indian security forces.

The party claimed that security forces had the intelligence and the identity of a militant “does not matter” in such situations. Terming the killing of Wani a “success”, Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Sat Sharma said security forces do not act “without information”.

“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.

More than 50 people have been killed and thousands injured in weeks of unrest in Indian held Kashmir, sparked by Wani’s killing on July 8.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since the two won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the territory in its entirety.

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Several rebel groups, including HM, have been fighting for decades an estimated 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the restive territory, demanding independence for the region or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, most civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989 when the armed rebellion against Indian rule of the Himalayan territory began.

India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and sending rebels across the de facto border known as Line of Control, to launch attacks on its forces.

Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for right to self-determination.

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Sami Khan
    Jul 31, 2016 - 1:53PM

    earlier they said it was tip off and we were chasing him for long time.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Admitting to a mistake in politics……..is a mistake.Recommend

  • Harinder Singh
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:47PM

    It wasn’t an accident. Wani met the fate that he deserved.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:48PM

    Just like the US invasion of Iraq was an accident……..after-the-fact spin when hubris fueled plans to subjugate a nation start backfiringRecommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 31, 2016 - 3:01PM

    BJP shouldn’t worry about protests’ as it can be tackled if army is given a free hand in few hours.Recommend

  • LOL
    Jul 31, 2016 - 3:09PM

    where are all the indians that said he was a terrorist and was rightly killed ?Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jul 31, 2016 - 4:21PM

    @LOL: ”where are all the Indians that said he was a terrorist and was rightly killed ?” Of course he was a terrorist member of HM, a UN designated terrorist org. He was also a misguided local youth from Kashmir valley, not a foreign terrorist
    In a democracy, there will be multiple opinions on his unfortunate death.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 31, 2016 - 4:41PM

    @LOL:
    We are still here and your plant in Kashmir is no more.Recommend

  • Jul 31, 2016 - 4:52PM

    Double Standard!Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Jul 31, 2016 - 4:58PM

    @ LOL…Who said he was not a terrorist??
    Do you think India to make another mistake of catching up terrorists alive and have another plane hijack episode lije kandahar to then free terrorists like masood azhar who is your enjoying life in Pakistan??? Terrorists must be neutralised.. After that anyone can give any statement..Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:29PM

    Wani was a terrorist, he met his fate, I’m sure given a chance the Indian army would do it again. A person who instigated teenagers (and killed 15 BSF soldiers in an ambush) to pick arm rebellion deserves the same fate over and over again…Recommend

  • Pukar
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:36PM

    Ha, ha, ha. Good joke. Now pay for it.Recommend

  • Harinder SIngh
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:39PM

    @LOL: We are right here. A terrorist got what he deserved.
    LOL !!Recommend

  • Pukar
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:40PM

    Telling deliberate lies is also a mistake? Why this sincere confession after a month, mr. Puritan? You seem to be partner in crime.@Parvez: Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:50PM

    @LOL, then why is Burhan Wani is carrying AK-47 gun, in every picture? Saints carry guns?Recommend

  • asad
    Jul 31, 2016 - 7:08PM

    @ajeet:
    Why dont you suggest BJP to send their hooligans to kashmir to do what they are so fond of doing, and on the bright side they wont need any approval or face any criticism later on Recommend

  • Jul 31, 2016 - 7:11PM

    ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL.Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Aug 1, 2016 - 12:38AM

    Absolutely ridiculous and lame excuse..

    Was the killing of over 50 and double that number unarmed protestors blinded with pellets shot on their faces,also an accident too ?Recommend

  • Sunita
    Aug 1, 2016 - 1:50AM

    He is just imitating Bollywood (Hollywood also) movies. @Sunil: Recommend

  • Common sense
    Aug 1, 2016 - 2:50AM

    @ M.Sethi…Pelting Stones and Acid on security forces is considered “unarmed” by you??? Use some logic before commenting.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 1, 2016 - 3:05AM

    @M.Sethi: Cry all you like, we will do what we want to do to get rid of terrorists. BJP is a soft party, we need a party like the Communist Party of China that does not think twice about killing Muslims.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 1, 2016 - 4:58AM

    Good riddance! No need to give explanation. Besides, Wani died for Islam, he is guaranteed a place in heaven with 72 houries. Indian army should be thanked. Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Aug 1, 2016 - 5:18PM

    @Common sense:

    That is all they could do to defend and retaliate in of the brutal force used to quell their protest over the killing of their hero. You really believe stone vs sophisticated lethal weaponry of the Indian military was a fair exchange to deal with peaceful innocent protestors ? Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Aug 1, 2016 - 5:22PM

    @Sunil:
    Kashmir belongs to the Kashmir’s, who are struggling for their freedom from the India’s forced military occupation. How can you term them as terrorist is beyond comprehension ? In all fairness they are freedom fighters and should be deemed as such.Recommend

  • Sunl
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:58PM

    @M.Sethi: Quite easily. I am a Hindu and a Kashmiri.Recommend

  • Hmm
    Aug 29, 2016 - 11:47AM

    Burhan Wani is Icon for All Kashmiri and for All Pakistanis…Recommend

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