‘Govt announces ex-gratia relief for slain Burhan’s elder brother, killed by the army’

KL News Network

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Government has announced an ex-gratia relief for the brother of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, Khalid Muzaffar Wani.

Office of the deputy commissioner of Pulwama has released a list of 106 victims of death, injury and damage to property. Khalid Wani, the elder brother of Burhan Wani, features at number 9 in the list.

The 25-year-old Khalid was a student of political science at the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

His body was found in the nearby jungles in Tral area of Pulwama district. On the afternoon of April 13, 2015, Khalid had, reportedly, told his mother he was going for a picnic.

The army claimed Khalid had been “operating as an overground worker” for the Hizbul and was killed in an encounter. But his family trashed the army’s claims.

Locals alleged Khalid Wani had been killed because he was Burhan’s brother.

Twenty months later, apparently nullifying the army’s claims, the government’s announcement of relief for Khalid’s family settles the controversy surrounding his death.

The vital condition for granting compensation is that the dead person should not be a militant.

The ex-gratia relief entitles a victim’s family to a payment of Rs 4 lakh, or employment for a member of the family.

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