Protests have erupted across Kashmir on Friday after Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was tagged as the poster boy on social media of militancy in the Valley, was shot dead along with two other militants by security forces and police in Bumdoora village, 85 km south of Srinagar.
Wani’s killing will serve as a massive blow to militancy in Kashmir and is termed as a major success to Indian security forces.
The police sources have identified two other militants killed in the encounter as Sartaj Ahmad Sheikh of Kokernag and Bashir Ahmad Lashkari of Sriguwara.
Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander hindustantimes
In his reaction, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it will not end militancy in the Valley and asserted the political problems needs a political solution.
Omar Abdullah tweeted:
Omar said Wani’s killing will lead to “some tense days” ahead in the Valley.
The former Chief Minister also said he does not recall any militancy incident attributed to Wani while he was in office.
Security agencies have already beefed up security across the Valley apprehending violent protests and demonstrations against his killing. He was popular across Kashmir especially among the young generation.
Soon after the news about his killing spread, hundreds of people started marching towards Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, his ancestral town. In north Kashmir’s Sopore town people assembled for protests.
In south Kashmir, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were shouted from mosques to express angst against the killing.
As a preventive measure curfew has been imposed in large parts of Srinagar city and several areas of south Kashmir.