Amid e-curfew, police launches anti-Burhan campaign on social media


SRINAGAR: Even as the state government suspended mobile internet services in Kashmir, following the killing of young Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, police officials on Saturday launched a campaign on social media to counter the widespread anger and grief only to put forth the Khaki-perspective.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain, in a Facebook post titled “#‎Burhan ?#‎Wani Khalid Baig” said, on one hand the people of people of would glorify Burhan’s killing whereas on the other hand they would take their families for a weekend picnicking.

“Yesterday, he was romanticized, cheered, lionized and was celebrated by them. Once his associates started getting killed, a few even wondered if he was ‘being run by agencies’. Today, they mourn his death, confer him with the title of Shaheed,” the police official said.

In the same post, he added: “Later on, they will ensure that their children don’t miss their school bus, and over the weekend, they will take families out for picnic to ?#Pahalgam and ?#‎Gulmarg. Meanwhile the “Freedom Fighters” Abroad, shall discuss Burhan Wani’s “?#‎Martyrdom” and continue their pledge for Kashmir’s Freedom.”

Imtiyaz, who has fetched the sobriquet of “Khaki Fidayee” for his role in counter-insurgency operations of having killed some top militants, went on saying that Burhan “didn’t carry out even a single operation against security forces.”

 “The truth is, despite all his ‘virtual’ bravado despite being a poster boy, he could not carry out a single action against security forces…!!! His life ?#‎glamorized by ?#‎media power, and his death celebrated in same way… by people who just stand on sidelines , and cheer gleefully … Let ?#‎Truth be told , His life was a ?#‎waste…one more man sacrificed for a ?#‎futile cause… he is not the first, he won’t be the last!!!,” Imtiyaz added.

While his post was instantly shared by many police officials and other like-minded, Deputy Inspector General of Police north Kashmir, Uttam Chand accused Burhan’s father Muzaffar Wani of being shoddy. “And what a shoddy father he had. Poor parenting in ultimate analysis,” Uttam Chand said.

The Bharatiya Janta Party spokesman Sheikh Khalid Jahangir appreciated the post saying “Well said!”

Shiban Koul, a Kashmiri Pandith commented that “It is unfortunate that despite that even after 27 years, the intelligentsia, the civil society of Kashmir are acting irresponsibly in discharging their duty to educate the young about the disastrous costs of proxy-war, which is consuming our promising youth as fodder of the cannon gun.”

Instead, it seems that most of them are deriving sadistic pleasure out of such happenings. It is time that they rise to the occasion and make serious efforts to educate the young gullible minds about the disastrous consequences of the continuation of this proxy war, for Kashmiri society,” he added.

But many a civilians sharply reacted to Imtiyaz’s posts with many police officials chipping-in support to their colleague.

Muzaffar-ul-Aziz said “Sir don’t debate like this… as this is the way of Indians though you are in uniform but still you are a Son of this Soil.” “Would you want your son to get wasted like Burhan… If not, don’t glorify his death,” instantly reacted DIG Uttam Chand.

Burhan Wani, the top militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and Kashmir militancy’s new poster boy, who was killed in an encounter with police in South Kashmir Friday.

His killing instantly left the social media awash with anger and grief, with hundreds of thousands of people paying glowing tributes to the departed soul. By midnight, the public response to the killing went so volcanic that the government suspended internet mobile connectivity in the Valley.

Apart from others former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has been frequently tweeting on Burhan’s killing. “Mark my words – Burhan’s ability to recruit in to militancy from the grave will far outstrip anything he could have done on social media,” Abdullah tweeted.

Carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakhs, Burhan was wanted by police in 10 at least 12 cases of militancy related incidents.







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