New Delhi, July 11: In the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, Abdul Burhan Wani, there has been widespread violence and not to forget debates by many whether such action was necessary. For one he was a terrorist who posed with automatic rifles giving sermons to take up arms.
Two, he had called for a list of police personnel in Kashmir while terming them as enemies. He recruited youth into the Hizbul Mujahideen and some statistics do show that thanks to him the number of local militants outnumbered the foreigners.
Officials say that taking up arms is no way to make a point. The killing of police and army personnel is also no way to prove one's point. While this is one part of the story, the other is how dangerous Wani had become. He had become an icon for the youth in Kashmir and he made many believe that his way was the right way.
He used the social media to his advantage and his posts and pictures had become a rage with the youth. He drilled the point that the only way out was by killing. He had begun setting in a dangerous precedent and had the encounter against him not taken place not only would violence by the Hizbul Mujahideen increase but many more so-called misguided youth would have joined the outfit.
Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia that it is such poster boys who are extremely dangerous. We are not trying to indicate that the killing of Wani will end terror in the Valley. But we are confident that recruitments will at least go down now and the youth will understand that no one is invincible the officer also noted.
With regard to the violence that erupted in Kashmir, the officer noted that it was very much on expected lines. Yes on day one the establishment was caught a bit off guard, but then the situation now is under control.
What do the security forces who take the bullet every day do. Stop acting against terrorist out of fear that violence may erupt. We cannot let a mob take control over the system.
Another officer while speaking about the killing of Wani said that it was a bonafide encounter. Had he not been shot down one of our men would have. Moreover those terming it as an extra judicial killing are wrong because our men too were injured in the operation.
It is not as though there were no signals sent to him several times in the past asking him to surrender. He refused to do so and decided that he would continue to kill the security forces and hence ended up meeting the same fate that all terrorists do, the officer further noted.