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    Jammu KashmirGovt. clears Ex-gratia to Militant’s family

    Govt. clears Ex-gratia to Militant’s family


    Govt. clears Ex-gratia to Militant's family

    Tawi: The PDP-BJP Government has cleared the cases to provide monetary compensation to the victims of militancy related incidents and that included the nod to compensate next of the kin of Khalid Muzzafffar Wani who was killed by the security forces in Tral on April 13, 2015. Khalid was elder brother of slain militant Burhan Wani. The Army claimed last year that it had killed a terrorist in south 's forest.

    The state government this week approved the case of Khalid Muzafar Wani for compensation, implying that he was a civilian. Khalid, the brother of militant commander Burhan, was killed in April last year in Kamla forest near his hometown Tral.

    Khalid was killed by the Army, which had initially claimed that he was a militant and later said he was an overground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen. The Army had also claimed to have seized weapons and ammunition from the site of the encounter where Khalid was killed.

    Khalid's father, Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, who was principal at a government school, had then alleged that Khalid had no bullet injury mark on his body and he was tortured to death,” Wani had told media then.

    However, the Army had dismissed the claim that Khalid was a civilian. More than a year later, the state government has now ascertained that Khalid was in fact a civilian and approved his case for compensation. Pulwama Deputy Commissioner Muneer-ul Islam issued the notification on Monday saying the ex gratia under the rules had been cleared by the District-Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee (DLSCC) in favour of the next of kin of 17 persons, including Khalid.

    However, Wani's family is yet to confirm whether they will accept the ex gratia.

    The DLSCC meeting took place 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.

    The killing of Khalid's brother Burhan in a gunfight in south Kashmir's Kokernag area on July 8 this year had sparked protests.

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