Close on the heels of the killing of Lt. Ummer Fayaz in the Kashmir Valley, a BSF Assistant Commandant from Jammu, who had topped the recruitment exam, has written to the government alleging that terrorists are threatening him and his sister.
Here's how Rajnath Singh had congratulated Nabeel Ahmed Wani last year
Happy to meet Nabeel Ahmad Wani, a young man from Udhampur in J&K, who topped the BSF entrance exams this year. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/EC3HM7yDa9— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 11, 2016
The success story of Nabeel Wani shows that J&K youth have a lot of potential. His success will inspire many young boys & girls in J&K. 2/2— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 11, 2016
He says it's not just he, his sister too is getting threats
Wani, the topper of the All India Examination for BSF Assistant Commandant (Works) last year, said his sister, a civil engineering student in Chandigarh, had been staying in a hostel but the college authorities now want her to move elsewhere.
Wani wrote to women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi on May 14, asking her to arrange for hostel facility for Nida Rafiq.
"She was worried that she would not get a place to stay as a Kashmiri, especially with my background. I didn't want to involve the BSF in a personal matter, so I wrote to the minister," Wani said from BSF Training Academy in Tekanpur near Gwalior.
He has asked permission to carry arms when he goes home
Wani said he has spoken to his seniors in the BSF requesting them to allow personnel to carry their arms when they go on leave, especially in militant-affected areas, and also to secure their travel plans home. He said he will go home for his cousin's wedding in next two months.
"People like me and my family members are always under threat from militants. After the murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz, I am scared about my family's security. My mother lives alone in Jammu while my sister is in Chandigarh. I worry, especially now, as terrorists are targeting our families," said Wani.
He topped the exam last year around the time the Valley was on the boil following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.
Wani said, "I am now worried for all those Kashmiris who are serving in the Army or paramilitary forces. We (Kashmiris) join the forces despite a lot of opposition and now, with this trend of killing Kashmiris serving as soldiers, a sword hangs on all of us. This is very disturbing."
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