Srinagar: Social media was awash with anger and grief over the killing of young Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in Kokernag on Friday.
Netizens showered encomiums and hailed him as a “hero”, “father”, “inspiration”, and a “martyr”. Many blackened their Facebook walls as a mark of protest. Burhan Wani was trending on the micro blogging site Twitter with above 4,000 tweets after his killing.
In the last six years of being a militant, Burhan’s pictures and videos on social media attracted huge traffic and following. His latest video message after a long hiatus had warned of attacking Sainik Colony and composite Pandit townships that the state government was planning.
A prominent face of the new generation of militants in Kashmir, Burhan was Hizbul divisional commander with a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head. He was seen as a Kashmiri icon on social media. He was eulogised as the “Robin Hood of Tral” for his reputation of never attacking “innocents”.
“From communists, atheists, to believers, everyone is praising, praying for HM Commander Burhan Wani. Whole Kashmir is in shock, grief and sorrow. RIP Burhan Wani! You in many ways inspired many,” wrote Faizaan Bhat on Facebook.
As we mourn our belowed young martyr Burhan we salute his sacrifice and redouble our resolve
—Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
If this is confirmed its big news & will also mean some tense days in parts of the valley.
Alas Burhan isn’t the 1st to pick up the gun & won’t be the last. @JKNC_ has always maintained that a political problem needs pol. solution.
For all Burhan’s social media activity I don’t recall any militancy incident attributed to him while I was in office. Not sure after that.
Shafaat Farooq on his Facebook wall said, “Indeed the real Sher-e-Kashmir has died today, look the skies are restless, in pain and weeping.”
“O undaunted hero, you will continue to live in our hearts,” wrote Nighat Fatima.
Shafat Mir wrote on Facebook, “You will always remain a role model for many. We will remember you for the hope of freedom you instilled among us. We will resist the occupation in every way.”
Haziq Qadri wrote on his Twitter handle, “Shaheed Burhan is an inspiration. He is not dead. He is not dead.”
Another Facebook user, Arshi Javid, wrote, “We are all Burhan tonight.”
Nadiya Shafi on Facebook wrote, “RIP Burhan Wani. Black day. May Allah accept his Shahadat and give him a highest place in Jannat. Amen.”
Waheed Mirza wrote, “Resistance gets a father in Kashmir! Burhan.”
Rouf Bhat tweeted, “Burhan’s martyrdom will inspire hundred new souls. Remember.”
Shahnawaz Sayeed, a facebook user wrote “One of the saddest day in Kashmir’s history. #burhan wani is new generation’s Ashfaq Majeed.”