Burhan Wani - Hero of Kashmir

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Burhan Muzaffar Wani, was the commander of the Kashmiri freedom group Hizbul Mujahideen whose social media campaign had an outreach among a section of Kashmiri Muslim youth. Burhan Wani , aged 21, was killed in an encounter in Kokernag in South Kashmir with the Indian security forces on 8 July 2016, along with two other fighters later identified as Sartaj Ahmad Sheikh and Pervaiz Ahmad Lashkari. During the operation, the security forces faced resistance from locals who resorted to stone-pelting. The encounter began at 4:30 p.m. and ended at 6:15 p.m. The resistance fighters were hiding in a house during the operation and started firing on the troops conducting search operations. All three were killed in the ensuing encounter. Jammu & Kashmir Police's Director General K. Rajendra confirmed that Burhan was killed in an exchange of fire.
After the news of his death spread, protests erupted in some areas of Kashmir Valley. Curfew was imposed in some places in South Kashmir during the night and internet services in many areas were cut. Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik called for a strike to protest against the killing of Wani. Violent clashes broke out in response to the killing on 9 July in some areas. 11 people have died so far and over 200 people have been injured in the clashes. 96 security personnel have been injured in the clashes as well. Over 20 police stations were attacked by mobs who also stole the weapons from the stations and fired upon the security forces. A Bhartiya Janata Party office in Kulgam was also vandalised. Stone pelting was reported from many parts in Kashmir. Thousands of people attended Burhan's funeral according to some estimates. Freedom fighters were also present at his funeral and offered him a 21-gun salute. Burhan Wani body was wrapped in the flag of Pakistan was buried next to that of his brother Khalid in Tral area of Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir.
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