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Not appropriate to judge Mehbooba’s remark on Wani: Jitendra Singh

At least 47 people died and around 5,500 others, including 3,000 security personnel, have been injured in the violence that followed Burhan Wani's death.

By: ANI | New Delhi |
July 29, 2016 12:47:16 pm
burhan wani, burhan wani encounter, kashmir violence, nc, national congress, omar abdullah, mehbooba mufti, kashmir news, latest news, india news “I don’t think it is right for me to make a judgmental statement on a issue which is as sensitive as this,” he said. (File)

With the opposition parties seeking an explanation on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion that Hizbul Mujahideen commander ‘Burhan Wani would have been given a second chance’, the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Friday said that it would not be appropriate to make a judgmental statement on such a sensitive issue.

“I don’t think it is right for me to make a judgmental statement on a issue which is as sensitive as this and is being dealt by security forces in extremely difficult situation,” said Singh. Facing continued public unrest for the 20th day, Mehbooba on Thursday said that she would have given Wani “a chance had she known he was trapped in the encounter”.

“How are we supposed to know everything about every encounter? As far as I know, what I heard from the police and the army, who said they only knew that there were three militants inside the house but did not know who they were,” Mehbooba told reporters. “I believe that had they known he was there, Wani would have been given one chance as the situation was fast improving in the state. He would have been given a chance,” she added.

However, National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has rubbished her claim that she was not aware of the encounter that resulted in the death of Wani. Abdullah said that Mehbooba Mufti was kept fully informed of the July 8 encounter.

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“I’m going by the first on record statement by Jammu and Kashmir Police to the media that the CM (chief minister) was kept fully informed of the encounter. At no point in the first Jammu and Kashmir Police media briefing was it ever suggested that they did not know who was trapped,” Abdullah said in a series of tweets.

At least 47 people died and around 5,500 others, including 3,000 security personnel, have been injured in the violence that rocked the Valley since July 8 when Wani was killed in an encounter.

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