Burhan killing: PDP’s Muzaffar Beig questions the operation

Srinagar, July 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, condemning the brutal use of pellet guns and excessive force on protesters across the territory, senior leader of Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party and Member of Indian Parliament, Muzaffar Hussain Beig, has expressed doubt over the operation in which Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Burhan Wani, was killed last week.

Muzaffar Hussain Beig in an interview in Srinagar said, “To my knowledge and reports, the operation in which Burhan was killed, was against the ruling of Supreme Court. The constitution bench of the apex court, which consisted of five judges and headed by chief justice Verma had given the judgement about the standard operation procedure (SOP) how to carry an operation even when AFSPA in force.”

Muzaffar Beg, who is renowned legal luminary of the occupied territory said, in Burhan’s killing the apex court judgement appears to have been violated. He said that according to a claim of an Army General that the operation ended in just 3.5 minutes, apparently, the militants were not given the offer to surrender.

Asked what the apex court judgement states, the PDP leaders said, wherever the army or police goes for any operation they have to take a magistrate along. “Then in the presence of the magistrate, the militants have to be appealed in local language to surrender. If the militants refuse to surrender, then tear gas has to be used, so that militants are forced to leave the place where they are hiding. If, still it doesn’t work, then militants have to be warned again. Then the forces have to shoot them on lower parts of the body.”

“However, in just 3.5 minutes of operation how could have been all these SOPs followed. It is clear that the apex court guidelines have been violated in Burhan’s killing, which is a serious offense,” he added. The PDP leader asked the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to appoint a high level commission that would probe why the forces violated the apex court guidelines.

“It is one thing to kill a militant in an encounter when there is firing from both sides and it is a different thing to kill a militant without following the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and without giving an opportunity to the militant to surrender,” he said.

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