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Not aware of Burhan Wani's presence when encounter took place: Mehbooba Mufti
Thursday July 28, 2016 10:48 PM, Agencies

Srinagar: Amid ongoing tension in Jammu and Kashmir, state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that she was not aware about the presence of top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani inside the house in Kokernag on July 8 when the encounter took place.

On being asked that had the government known about Wanis presence, what would have been its action, she said, if we had known, then security forces might have given him one chance at a time when the situation was improving.

The Chief Minister seemed to suggest that had anyone known that Wani was at the hideout, the government would have made proper arrangements to prevent the situation from turning to what it is today after his death.

She said the present government didnt get the time to prepare security measures unlike the previous government which handled the aftermath of hanging of Afzal Guru without much damage.

Our government did not have the luxury of time to prepare and prevent widespread violence in the aftermath of the Hizbul Mujahideen commanders killing. (Former CM) Omar Abdullah had enough time to prepare security measures when parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi in February 2013, Mehbooba said.

Mehbooba added that we imposed curfew so that youths dont come out (of their homes). But youths moved to other areas and people took them inside (security forces) camps.

On the use of pellet guns, she said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed his seriousness in considering other alternatives for crowd control.


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