Burhan Wani, the poster boy of Hizbul Mujahideen was shot dead on July 8, 2016 and as he marks his death anniversary, he has started to trend again on social media again.
Jammu and Kashmir became a state of chaos which lasted for 7 months as the state government faced the wrath of people who came in support of the chocolate-faced militant.
Burhan was known for his videos which went viral on social media sites, he even recruited 100 Kashmiri youth.
On June 8, 2016, police and the 42 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned-off a school in Lurgam where Burhan Wani was said to be hiding. Wani managed to give a slip to the security forces allegedly using civilians as shields leaving the building.
What happened on July 8, 2016?
Hours before, Burhan Wani was killed, the information came in from Srinagar Intelligence Bureau office on July 7th-8th intervening night.
The information was further developed by 19 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) deployed in the same area. Till Burhan was killed with two other associates Sartaj Ahmad Sheikh and Pervaiz Ahmad, the said 19 RR had not got much success, and were desperate to get a few kills.
According to India Today, IB information was that Sartaj (Hizbul terrorist) was meeting his uncle Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh ( mother’s elder brother). Based on the primary information, SOG developed human intelligence making discreet inquiries.
They got a breakthrough with a local source who spoke to the butcher in the vicinity. The butcher confirmed that there was a “dawat” in the house of the uncle and he had important guests. It was found that meat delicacies in a sizeable quantity had been asked for the Kokernag residence in the midst of apple orchards.
A phone call of the uncle to another relative confirmed that Sartaj had come with a “museebat” (trouble in reference to Wani). As the cordon tightened and news spread, the uncle was tipped-off by a local that the cordon was being laid. Worried about his house being blown up into pieces and an eventual death, he told Burhan, Sartaj and Parvez of the imminent military action.
Sartaj, sources said disagreed, but Burhan agreed. He wanted to take a chance, since it was early cordon, while forces were still gathering momentum.
These were perhaps the last words. As Sartaj and Burhan left, they rolled out in swift movement firing indiscriminately, but got caught in immediate retaliatory firing. Burhan got killed in the first volley of bullets and was first to succumb to gunfire.
The side was covered by an Army jeep with CO’s technical man with wireless set and a weapon along with the driver. Major Sandeep Kumar led the crack team following “actionable” intelligence while action was done by Sepoy Arvind Singh and Capt Manik Sharma.
All three of them were given Sena Medals for their heroic act. They noticed a suspicious movement and fired. An officer even joked that ” It was very unlike the killing of a top terrorist, he was perhaps killed by a non combatant.”