The tables turned and Burhan Wani’s operations to proliferate using the Online world – Facebook, WhatsApp, turned inimical because the recent heavy damage to this HM group have effectively dented the Militancy poster boy’s strategies in no time. The new found popularity of Hizbul Mujahideen led by Burhan Muzaffar Wani in south Kashmir has met its first hazard as four of his close aides got killed within a week. It goes without saying that the reason for success is methodical analysis of the group’s online activities by the police. Kudos to Indian national Security forces.
If reports are to be acceded to, Two of the ‘Techies’ were neutralized and in a very surgical manner as their activities online became their biggest folly and zeroing in on their locations then was not very difficult for the security forces. The techies, who handed the online operations for Burhan were also responsible for recruitment of youth. Their neutralization in four days tantamounts to meaningful success especially since the online operations had become a matter of concern for the security forces as online recruitment within Kashmir was not expected.
It is now known that Afaq Ahmed alias Afaaq Ullah of Pulwama, who was killed on Oct 26, was an M-Tech and played an important role in managing the online activities of the militants. There are speculations that Afaq could have been the techie brain behind the outfit.
The second HM techie saw his last in the preceding week in a encounter in Shopian as per police statement.
The overnight sensation that Burhan had become after the small reign on social media now stands undermined after the group’s loss of four men, two each in Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir. Those killed in apple town Shopian on October 22 were identified as Adil Khanday of Barbug and Irshad Sheikh of Maldera. The other two commanders killed in Pulwama have been identified as Afaq Ullah Bhat and Abdul Manan Dar.
The killing of four militants in under a week is definitely a morale booster for the J&K police and security forces after being chastised by the Union Ministry and of course Ajit Doval, whose recent visit to the valley has definitely changed the fortunes.