The scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani was a “victim of relentless violence” in Kashmir, the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday, drawing sharp reaction from the former chief minister Omar Abdullah who alleged that Mehbooba’s government made “every effort to trap and kill MananWani, and her crocodile tears won’t work any longer.”
“Pushing youth to the wall will be counterproductive. Centre must intervene in withdrawing cases against students & AMU authorities must revoke their suspension,” Mehbooba, the Peoples Democratic Party president, posted on Twitter, two days after two Kashmiri students at the AMU were suspended and booked under sedition charges for allegedly planning a funeral prayer meet for Manan.
The state governments outside Jammu and Kashmir should be “sensitive” to the situation and “prevent further alienation”, Mehbooba said. “It will be a travesty to punish them (students) for remembering their former colleague (Wani) who was a victim of relentless violence in Kashmir,” she said in another tweet.
In reference to Mehbooba’s remarks, Omar took to twitter and wrote: “How short Ms Mufti’s memory is! She forgets that she was the architect & beneficiary (it kept her allies in good humour) for her entire period in office. She is in no position to criticise anyone for ‘relentless violence’.”
Omar further wrote: “Ms Mufti’s Govt made every effort to trap & kill MananWani coming close a few times. Her fake sympathy & crocodile tears for dead Kashmiri militants worked for a few years, they won’t work again.”
“She headed the Unified Command which directed the security forces to execute ‘Operation All-out’ & she famously justified the killing of young protestors in 2016 saying ‘they aren’t coming out to buy milk or toffees’.”