Army arrests top aide of Burhan Wani in J& K
Srinagar: Army dealt a major blow to Hizbul Mujahideen on Saturday when they arrested its top cadre Tariq Ahmad Pandit, a close aide of the most- wanted terrorist Burhan Muzaffar Wani, in a well- coordinated operation on Newa- Pinglana road in Pulwama. Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Srinagar, said based on specific intelligence inputs regarding the move of a HM terrorist on the Neva- Pinglana road near Karimabad, Pulwama a joint mobile vehicle check- post was established by army and police in the morning hours of May 28.
“The movement of the terrorist was kept under constant sur- New Delhi: An 87- year- old monk is on a journey through the Bodh viharas of UP ttar Pradesh with a message for the Dalit followers of Buddhism to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dhamma Viriyo, the Akhil Bharatiya Sangha Nayak of the Bharatiya Bhikku Maha Sangha, is telling the people that while BSP supremo Mayawati refused to give him time, Modi went out of his way to honour him at Mhow, the birth place of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar. Traveling in a bus, which has Modi's images on it, Viriyo is his devoted emissary describing the Prime Minister as the messiah of the poor.
Accompanied by around 50 Bhikkus ( Buddhist monastics), he holds between ten to 60 meetings in a district, reaching out to nearly 5,0007,000 people each day. At the BJP headquarters, detailed reports of the Dhamma Chetna Yatra are received on a daily basis. BJP leaders deny the party's involvement in the programme, being held under the banner of the Akhil Bhikku Sangha. However, eight meetings were held between party leaders and Viriyo before the yatra was flagged off in April at Varanasi, Modi's Lok Sabha constituency, by home minister Rajnath Singh, according to sources.
"BJP workers welcome anyone who is working for manav kalyan ( wellbeing of people). We have a lot of respect for Dr Viriyo," said BJP general secretary Arun Singh.
During his yatra, which ends in October, Viriyo is likely to cross around 1,400- 1,500 Bodh Viharas, which fall in the midst of Dalit- dominated areas. According to sources, there are nearly 40- 50 lakh followers of Buddhism, most of whom are Dalits and some are OBCs like Mauryas, in the state. The yatra is expected to cover Purvanchal, the OBC- dominat- veillance. As the terrorist closed in, he was apprehended by the team of Rashtriya Rifle battalion, along with one 9mm pistol, two Chinese gre - nades and other weapons. He was involved in many terror- related incidents in Pulwama,” he said.
The 21- year- old Pandit was often seen photographed in army ed politically crucial region in UP.
The BJP is trying to wean away the Dalit vote from Mayawati and targeting the non- Yadav OBC vote in UP. Several Dalits and other backward caste people have adopted Buddhism, freeing themselves from the clutches of caste- based discrimination like untouchability. Dalit icons like Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram, Mayawati's mentor, have shown the way. While Ambedkar converted to Buddhism, Kanshi Ram died just a week before he was to convert to the religion.
Rajnath Singh while flagging off the yatra, promised a statue of Buddha taller than the ones in Bamiyan in Afghanistan if BJP came to power in UP. Modi has invoked Buddhism in foreign policy, particularly in East Asia, and indicated his regard for it as a religion propagating peace. He is likely to be present when the yatra ends in October, sources said. uniforms posted by militants on the facebook and other social network sites. Hailing from Karimabad village, Tariq Ahmed Pa n d i t h a d joined militants group led by Burhan on March 28 2015. Holding a BA degree, Pandit was working as driver before joining the militant ranks.
He was part of the group led by 22- year- old tech- savvy commander Burhan who likes to be photographed and reaches to youth through social networking sites. Hailing from Tral, nicknamed Kandahar owing to the huge militant infestation, Burhan has emerged as one of the most wanted militant commanders in south Kashmir. However for the last few months security forces have eliminated most of the cadres of Burhan group leaving the commander with few of his men.
Pandit was one of the surviving aides of Burhan. Earlier the reports making rounds were that Pandit had surrendered before the army. However, the army clarified that he was arrested by them in a raid.