Srinagar: All hell broke loose on Tuesday after Jammu and Kashmir Government cleared ex-gratia to next of kin of 17 persons, including Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani's brother Khalid Wani.
This ex-gratia has been announced for those killed in militancy-related incidents in the Valley.
The biggest bone of contention in the entire list is Burhan Wani's brother, Khalid Muzaffar Wani, who died in firing by security forces in Buchoo forest area of Tral on April 13 last year.
Khalid was Hizbul Mujahideen's over-ground worker, says Army
Army had said that Khalid was an over-ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter. According to army, he was a terrorist.
Why Rs 4 lakh compensation for terrorist?
According to a notification issued on Monday by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, ex-gratia relief under rules has been cleared by the District Level Screening-cum-Consultative Committee (DLSCC) in favour of next of kin of those persons who died in militancy-related incidents.
Under the rules, an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh is sanctioned in such cases.
The compensation by J&K's Mehbooba Mufti government has stoked a huge controversy.
Noteworthy, Burhan Wani's killing by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir's Kokernag area on July 8 this year triggered unrest in the Valley which has left as many as 86 people dead.
Khalid (25) was pursuing Masters Degree in Political Science from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.