Fourteen days after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, a poster showing a group of Hizbul Mujahideen militants, announcing they “would continue to the challenge the enemy”, appeared in Shopian district.
The poster, which shows eleven militants holding AK-47 assault rifles and wearing army fatigues, sitting in what looks like an orchard, is similar to the one in which Burhan posed with 10 of his associates, the majority of whom were killed in gunfights.
Burhan’s picture, also shot in an orchard, went viral on social media networking sites last year.
“We will continue the war and keep challenging our enemy. We will snatch our rights and show the world,” the poster, signed on letterhead of Hizbul Mujahideen, said.
As many as 100 recruits, mostly in south Kashmir, where Burhan operated, had joined militancy during his term to challenge the Indian rule in the region.
During his term, the waning militancy received popular support with people coming to the rescue of trapped militants during gunfights. So much so the government cut a sorry figure especially during the longest Pampore fidayeen attack on a government installation, forcing the authorities to impose section 144 crpc in the 2.5 km radius of the site of a gunfight.
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