July 2016 News

Burhan Kept Security Agencies On Tenterhooks

8 July 2016
Rising Kashmir
Sumaiya Yousuf

Srinagar: Burhan Wani, the top militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and Kashmir militancy's new poster boy, who was killed in an encounter with troops in South Kashmir on Friday, was one of the most wanted militants in the Valley. Carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakhs, Burhan was wanted by police in 10 at least 12 cases registered against him. Burhan was charged under the sections including 398, 307, 512, 13 ULA Act. Burhan was a bright student, budding cricketer and son of a school headmaster, who took to militancy after forces brutally assaulted his brother, Khalid, during the 2010 unrest. In 2012, then 17 years old Burhan was charged for attacking a security guard at Arigam and snatching his weapon. This was the first case registered against him by police after he picked gun in 2010. He had picked up the gun at the age of 15 years and joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 2010. According to an official document, a copy of which lies with Rising Kashmir, police challaned a case under 33-2012 in Police station Tral, under section 398 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) on December, 20 2012 against him. On August, 8 2012, Burhan according to police records, fired on police party from house of one Mohammad Yousuf Mir of Gulshanpor and had fled away leaving Rs 80,000 rupees in the house. Police registered a case 73-12 in police station Tral under section 13 ULA Act. On May, 5 2013, police raided a house of one Bashir Ahmed Mir and claimed to have busted a militant hideout in Lurgam. Following this, police registered third case against Burhan under 13 ULA Act on May 18 2013 in police station Tral. With his growing popularity, he opened challenged security agencies in 2013 by turning to social media. According to official document, Burhan started motivating youth of Tral area to join militant organizations on October, 10 2013. Police registered fourth case against him on December, 18 2014 under section 512 of RPC. On April 20, 2014, according to official document, Burhan had pasted election boycott posters and threatening voters thereby. Police registered 5th case against him under 13 ULA Act. The first causality under the hands of said militant and his associates comes in 2014, where police has registered a case against Burhan and his associates under section 307 of RPC. According to official data, Burhan and his associates fired upon Sarpanch Abdul Ahad and his son at Batagun. Another case was registered against him under 7-27 A Act in police station Awantipora. The High Court also issued warrant against Burhan for killing Sarpanch under section 512. Police also blamed him for series of killings of village heads in 2013. Police also registered a case under section 307 of RPC in police station Tral, 7-27 A AAct on April 13 2015 against him the day his elder brother Khalid Muzaffer was killed. Khalid had gone into the forest to meet Burhan with three of his friends when he was killed by security personnel. In 2013 as per police he fired upon Army's 2RR at Buchoo in which three army men were killed. In March 2015, Burhan with his group, as per official records, were planning to commit subversive activities and were motivating youth to join militant ranks. On August 26, 2015 Burhan released a video on the social media by challenging security agencies. Police claimed that that he was motivating youth to join him by releasing video clips on social media and Watsapp. In 2015, police registered 12th case against Burhan under section 13 ULA Act. Clad in combat and non-combat dresses, Burhan addressed Valley's youth through video clips and audio messages.

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