Kashmir: Govt ‘clears’ compensation for Burhan’s brother killed by army

Kashmir: Govt ‘clears’ compensation for Burhan’s brother killed by army

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Deputy Commissioner Pulwama said that they were yet to issue formal orders on the compensation.
Jammu and Kashmir government has cleared a case of compensation for Burhan Wani’s elder brother Khalid Wani who was killed by army on April 13, 2015, a media report said today.
25-year-old Khalid was pursuing Masters degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University when he was killed.
While army claimed that he was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit and was killed in an encounter, his family said that he was “tortured to death”. “Khalid’s teeth were broken. There was no bullet mark on his body. His head was hit by some object,” said his father Muzaffar Wani.
On the afternoon of April 13, 2015, he told his mother he was going for a picnic. Hours later, his body was found in the nearby jungles.
“Twenty months later, the government’s announcement of relief for Khalid’s family settles the controversy surrounding his death, and appears to invalidate the army’s claims. The vital condition for granting compensation is that the dead person should not be a militant,” reported Scroll.in.
The ex-gratia relief entitles a victim’s family to a payment of Rs 4 lakh, or employment for a member of the family, said Muneer-ul-Islam, the deputy commissioner of Pulwama.
Khalid’s father Muzaffar Wani, a school principal, said that he was not aware that the government had announced ex-gratia relief for his son. “I have not seen the notification,” he was quoted as saying in the report.
Muzaffar Wani said that he had not applied for the relief. “I would not take money from the government for my son’s killing,” he said. “But I will think over [whether to accept] a job for my younger son.”
Muzaffar’s youngest son is studying in class 12.
However, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama said that they were yet to issue formal orders on the compensation.
He said that they ask for objections through newspapers before taking a final decision. “Cleared means we have only called for objections from the general public. It also includes the government departments. It has not been finalised yet. We can say cases have beeb approved only after they are finalised,” he said.
He said that the list publicised was only tentative. “Once we have objections from the department and once they are cleared the final list would be publicised,” he added.

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