Hizbul commander Burhan Wani killed in encounter; Geelani calls for shutdown

| Friday, July 8, 2016 - 23:00
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New Delhi: Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in Kokernag area of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police chief K Rajendra confirmed. Three other militants were also killed along with Burhan. 

Two terrorists killed have been identified as Burhan Wani and Sartaj Ahmed Sheikh. The third terrorist's identity is being ascertained.

The Anantnag Encounter, that lead to killing of Burhan Wani, was a joint operation by J&K Police & 19 RR. 

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Asiya Andrabi have called for a complete shutdown on Saturday  against the killing of Burhan Wani.

Last month, Wani released a video warning of attacks on separate colonies for Sainiks and Kashmiri Pandits if they are set up in the Valley.

The major part of the video message, however, was directed at the Jammu and Kashmir Police warning them of more attacks.
Burhan joined the militant outfit in 2010 after his brother was assaulted by the army.
The 22-year-old recently featured in another video that was circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, asking youth to join Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. 

Burhan was from a wealthy family in Tral in the southern part of Kashmir and his father was a school principal.
The Government of India had announced Rs 1 million bounty for finding Burhan. 

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It might be good to conduct a plebiscite in Kashmir and settle the issue for generations to come. I have been seeing this nonsense for the last fifty years. It could have been solved in the very beginning of the formation of India. Both Pakistan as well as India had intimidated all the independent kingdoms using the part of the British-Indian army given to them. Most of the independent kingdoms simply surrendered to Pakistan and Indian intimidation. However, some of the locations did not do this tamely.

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