Indian journalists make a beeline for Burhan’s house

Umar Shah
Srinagar: Just days after Hizb militant Burhan sent shock-waves through government agencies by releasing a video, journalists from media houses of New Delhi and other cities are descending on his house in South Kashmir’s Tral area.
On Aug 26, 21-year-old Burhan Muzaffar Wani, whose group photo with fellow militants was making the rounds on social media in July, came up with a five-minute video message aimed at recruiting militants. The video went viral, with Burhan subsequently appearing on the front pages of leading Indian newspapers and news channels debating, discussing–and even mocking–him in studios.
The journalists have reportedly been making desperate attempts to make Burhan’s parents talk. Locals said scores of Indian journalists these days come to Tral and start looking for Burhan’s home. “They have cameras, mics, etc., and some even speak a language which is difficult to understand. They all want to meet Burhan’s father,” locals said.
However, the journalists have had to return disappointed as Burhan’s father, Muzzafar Wani, principal of a government higher secondary school, remains tight-lipped. “They (Burhan’s family) treat the journalists well but are not willing to speak about anything that pertains to Burhan,” locals told Kashmir Reader.
Burhan’s brother, Khalid Muzaffar, was killed in April by the Indian army in the forests of Tral. The army claimed Khalid was a militant and that he was killed in an encounter.