Kashmir is on boil after 22 year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with army and Special Operations Group (SOG) in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday evening.
The government has imposed curfew in several parts of Kashmir and snapped mobile internet services in the state. Rail services have also been suspended. The national highway connecting valley with Jammu has also been closed, leading to the suspension of ongoing Amarnath yatra.
Despite restrictions, reports said thousands of people are marching towards Wani’s home for his funeral. As soon as the news of Burhan’s killing spread, thousands of people from across the Kashmir valley participated in protests late on Friday night.
It was also a topic of intense debate on social media with thousands of reactions, including some by prominent personalities like former chief minister Omar Abdullah.
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.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) July 9, 2016
Kashmir on the boil. People in hundreds gather in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Anantnag, Bijbehar and Tral areas to protest #Burhan‘s killing.— Gowhar Geelani (@gowhargeelani) July 8, 2016
Some said things would get worse and mourned his killing:
Burhan is an idea, a phenomenon, that will live for epochs. Indian can never kill an idea that has taken deep roots in our hearts and minds— Qadri Inzamam (@Qadri_Inzamam) July 8, 2016
State apparatus is so scared of mourning that it has snapped communications including internet.— Sheikh Saaliq (@Sheikh_Saaliq) July 8, 2016
Maqbool, Ishfaq, Burhan died for us to live…— Khurram Parvez (@KhurramParvez) July 8, 2016
The shroud covers wounded body, everyone striving to get glimpses.Salute the mother who birthed this #martyr , #Burhan is here. #Kashmir— Shahid Tantray (@shahidtantray) July 8, 2016
Deafening sound of exploding teargas canisters, stun grenades.Mosque loudspeakers blaring ‘Tresh ma lajji Burhano’ (Burhan,feeling thirsty?’— YusufJameelیوسف جمیل (@jameelyusuf) July 9, 2016
Burhan Wani resurrected the dead hope of freedom. His legacy will be taken ahead and his dream accomplished. Aazadi, Insha Allah.— Younus Bashir (@younustraluk) July 8, 2016
The Martyrdom of our young freedom fighters has added fresh blood to our struggle for the most lofty ideals of freedom& seldetermination— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) July 9, 2016
Feature image source: Twitter/Kashmir Dispatch