Contradicting Mehbooba Mufti’s stand, the BJP on Saturday said the security forces had knowledge of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s presence at the encounter site.
Terming the killing of Wani as “success”, Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Sat Sharma said the identity of the terrorist “doesn’t matter” in such operations.
“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, adding security forces do not act “without information”.
He added, “The people who take up the gun to disintegrate the nation and don’t consider Jammu and Kashmir to be part of India, they are terrorists and deserve to be killed”.
Sharma said the security forces deserved “commendation” for dealing with the terrorist.
On Thursday, Mehbooba had said the security forces were not aware of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Wani’s presence during the July 8 raid at a hideout at Kokernag in South Kashmir in which he was killed.
Mehbooba also said had the security forces known about Wani’s presence, the situation could have perhaps been handled better.
“As far as the statement of the chief minister is concerned, we must keep the morale of the security forces high. As the president of the state unit of the BJP, I can say the identity of the terrorist does not matter for the security forces,” Sharma said.
He said Wani carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head and his killing was a “success” for the security forces.
However, he added that while security forces were doing a commendable job, it should be ensured that no innocent civilian was killed.
About unrest in the Valley, he said the government was trying hard to bring peace in the state.
“Some people tried to disrupt the environment in Jammu but people from various walks of life came together and foiled such designs,” he said.
Rejecting the demand of governor’s rule, Sharma said the need of the hour was that all political parties work towards bringing peace in the state.
Protests broke out across the Kashmir Valley on July 9, a day after Wani was killed in the encounter.
In the ensuing clashes between protesters and security forces, 47 people, including two policemen, were killed and 5,500 were injured.