New Delhi, July 31 : Commenting on the two different statements given by the Centre and Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir Government on Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's encounter, Press Club of India (PCI) president Rahul Jalali on Sunday asked them to speak in one voice on the issue.
"The diversion in views of the state and Centre is because they are from two different parties. I don't understand what is going on. This is a question, did they want to not eliminate Burhan Wani. They want to set him free," Jalali told ANI. He added that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister should evaluate the entire situation as they can't speak differently on the issue.
"They both have to speak one language, one voice. They have to match the statement they gave," he said. Yesterday, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh stated that if the security personnel had known about the Hizbul Mujahideen commander's presence then better precautionary measures would have been taken.
"I was asked a question by a correspondent if the state government had failed after Burhan Wani's killing, and I was only explaining that because it was a routine anti-terrorist operation, had security forces known, they would have taken better precautions" Singh told ANI here.
His comments came in the wake of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stating that security forces were unaware about Wani's identity during the encounter in which he was neutralized.
When asked about Wani's killing and the recent remarks made by certain leaders about it, Singh said the security forces had no prior information and the identification of bodies was done after the terrorists were killed.
At least 47 people have died and around 5,500 people, including 3,000 security personnel, have also been injured in the violence that rocked the Valley since July 8, when Wani was killed in an encounter.