Srinagar, July 30: The operation against Burhan Wani lasted four minutes and the security forces had launched the mission knowing fully well that he was present at the hideout. On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti said that the security forces were unaware of Wani's presence.
She further went on to state that she would have given him a chance had she known that he was trapped in the encounter.
Her statements were criticised by many who called it a "theatrical lie." It is was not a coincidence several leaders said.
Security officials too confirm and told OneIndia that the operation that was launched on July 8 was specifically meant to target Wani who had through his viral social media posts lured several youth of Kashmir towards terrorism.
A four minute operation
For the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Wani had become a headache and a nightmare. "He was on a recruiting spree and had inducted several Kashmiri youth into the Hizbul Mujahideen. The situation was turning dangerous and had we not carried out the operation thousands of youth would have joined him," an official informed.
The original plan was to capture him alive. However, he and his accomplices decided to retaliate and this is what led to the encounter in which he was finally killed at Kokernag area in South Kashmir, officials also confirmed.
"The intelligence inputs were spot on and we knew exactly about his location. The operation did not take too long and it was done in a matter of minutes," the officer also noted.
Mehbooba's statements came under criticism from the BJP as well. A BJP legislator in J&K said that the security forces led by the state police were fully aware of his location and they knew every detail in advance.
Even leaders in the National Conference said that Mehbooba should not play safe on this issue. She should either condemn or condone the Wani operation.