Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made a statement that triggered mixed response from the political arena. She said that while hunting for terrorists in the valley the security forces were unaware about Hijbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s hideout. If they knew the location, Wani would have been given a chance.
“I was informed by the police and army personnel that they had information about three terrorists are hiding inside the house but they didn’t know who were they? If they would have information that it was Wani hiding inside a chance should have been given to him as the conditions were improving in the valley, she said while talking to reporters.
On the Kashmir unrest issue, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah criticized Mufti for not handling the situations as required. He held Mufti responsible for deteriorating conditions in the valley.
“Omar had information about the hanging of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru so he made security arrangement in the state in advance. But we didn’t time for making any kind of special security arrangement after Wani’s encounter.”
At least 47 people died and around 5,500 people, including 3,000 security personnel, have also been injured in the violence that rocked the Valley since July 8, when Wani was killed in an encounter.