The Jammu and Kashmir government has cleared ex gratia to next of kin of 17 persons, including Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani's brother, killed in terrorism-related incidents in the Valley, while giving one week's time for filing of any objection before formal orders are issued.
Burhan Wani's killing by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir's Kokernag area on July 8 this year triggered unrest in the Valley which has left as many as 86 people dead.
According to a notification issued on Monday by Deputy Commissioner (Pulwama) Muneer-ul-Islam ex gratia relief under rules has been cleared by the District Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee in favour of next of kin of those persons who died in terrorism-related incidents.
Among the 17 names in the list of persons killed in such incidents is Wani's brother, Khalid Muzaffar Wani, who died in firing by security forces in Buchoo forest area of Tral on April 13 last year.
The DLSCC meeting took place under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner (Pulwama) on November 24. The deputy commissioner has sought objections, if any, to the notice within seven days before the formal orders are issued.
Under the rules, an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh is sanctioned in such cases.
Army had said that Khalid was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. However, locals claimed that he had no links with terrorism.
Khalid (25) was pursuing Masters Degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
Also on the list is Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, a contractual lecturer who died when he was allegedly beaten up by the army personnel at Khrew in Pulwama on August 17 this year.
Locals had claimed that army conducted house to house searches for the youths, who were leading violent protests in the area, which was resisted by the residents of Khrew.
In the ensuing clash, 30-year-old Mangoo died. Army had ordered an inquiry into the incident, saying such incidents would not be tolerated.
"These raids were not sanctioned in the first place. It is unjustified. Nobody can support it and it will not be tolerated," the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda had said.
Image: File photo shows the funeral of Burhan Wani. Photograph: Reuters