Pulwama: The announcement of compensation for Burhan Wani’s elder brother, Khalid Wani who was killed by army on April 13, 2015, is set to put the army in a tight slot as the latter had claimed the slain was an over ground worker (OGW) for the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Twenty months later, apparently nullifying the armys claims, the governments announcement of relief for Khalids family settles the controversy surrounding his death.
The army had claimed Khalid had been operating as an OGW for the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. His family, however, trashed the armys claims.
Locals alleged Khalid Wani had been killed because he was Burhans brother.
The vital condition for granting compensation is that the dead person should not be a militant.
The ex-gratia relief entitles a victims family to a payment of Rs 4 lakh, or employment for a member of the family.
The government has announced compensation for Burhan Wani’s elder brother Khalid Wani who was killed by army on April 13, 2015,
Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama has released a list of 106 victims of death, injury and damage to property. Khalid Wani, the elder brother of Burhan Wani, features at number 9 in the list.
The 25-year-old Khalid was a student of political science at the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
His body was found in the nearby jungles in Tral area of Pulwama district. On the afternoon of April 13, 2015, Khalid had, reportedly, told his mother he was going for a picnic.
Army Murdered My Son: Father
Pulwama: Muzaffar Ahmed Wani, the father of popular slain militant commander Burhan Wani, Tuesday, said that the governments decision to compensate them for the killing of his son Khalid Wani has vindicated his stand that Khalid was innocent and was murdered by Army just for being the brother of Burhan Wani.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir government has announced compensation for Burhan Wani’s elder brother Khalid Wani who was killed by army on April 13, 2015. The 25-year-old Khalid was a student of political science at the Indira Gandhi National Open University. The Army had claimed that he was a part of militant group who fired upon the patrolling party, the claim that was refuted by the family and locals that time.
It is really good news for me. At least government has now admitted that my son was innocent and was killed in cold blood by Army. It was my demand to inquire into his death and todays governments announcement vindicated my stand that Khalid was innocent and was murdered for being the brother of a militant, Muzaffar Wani told news agency CNS.
Responding to a question, Wani said that God has given him everything and he doesnt need compensation. What is important that Government of the time has accepted that my son was innocent. Let the government approach me and I know what I have to do then, Wani said.
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