Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing is a bonus for the security forces. According to a top intelligence officer in Jammu & Kashmir, they had information of some Hizbul terrorists holed up in the Kokernag hideout, but they had no idea that Wani was in the group.
Wani is the more popular face of Hizbul Mujahideen, their recruitment icon on social media, and when he was killed on Friday during a joint operation by SOG, Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF, near Anantnag, the government machinery should have realized that repercussions.
If only the government reflected on past, they would have better prepared for the eventuality and prevented the breakout of curfew and violence that followed. Police stations were attacked, paramilitary camps were raided that led to tear gas shelling and over nineteen people were killed.
The Home ministry directed the security forces to bring that situation and control and yet maintain restrain. The security for tourists who had been to Amarnath Yatra came under scrutiny and protecting the Kashmiri Pandits against the back lash also came into focus.
The worst aspect of terror that was not seen since the 1990, was that a police station was invaded, policemen were kept capitive and armoury was looted. A few policemen disappeared too.
The fact that such an incident on police station was possible at this time and age with the amount of investment in security, on police and paramilitary, notwithstanding.
Today, Monday is a crucial day as it is the fourth day of Wani’s death, an important day in the death rituals, and hence the security is much beefed up to avoid untoward incident. Because of the attacks on police stations, the police are a tense lot, and as home minister said, restrain in the key word. And preparedness for any eventuality will go a long way.