Srinagar: Social media was awash with messages paying tributes to Afzal Guru, calling him a “hero”, “father”, “inspiration”, and a “martyr”.
Many Facebook users posted messages demanding mortal remains of Afzal Guru and many others used his photographs as their profile pictures.
Like in the past years, many Facebook users criticised the judgement on Afzal’s hanging. Facebook user Shuja Kosher wrote on his wall: “Conscience is one’s internal moral will. India’s collective moral will is murderous.”
While many wrote posts and changed their profile pictures to that of Afzal Guru, some users shared literary pieces on Afzal Guru’s hanging like “The hanging of Afzal Guru is a stain on India’s democracy” by noted author Arundhati Roy.
“We want people in India to know how corrupt their system is and sharing such posts written by Indians will somehow awaken our friends in India,” said Mugais who indulged in a debate with his friends on his Facebook wall after sharing the article by Roy.
“Social media has a lot of power and it can create revolutions, so in order to seek the mortal remains of our innocent brother I decided to write a post,” said Imran Elahi, a social media user.
With over 4000 ‘friends’ on Facebook, Imran believes his post would get the necessary attention, “I have friends all over the world and among them are Journalists and activists from across the world, so I thought the world should get to know about the Indian atrocities on freedom activists of Kashmir,” said Imran