According to senior officials, Musa's messages and videos are being circulated widely. Terrorists are using this as a trigger for fresh recruits. Funeral pictures of Musa, in which people participated by the thousands, have gone viral
New Delhi: Even after killing longest surviving terrorist Zakir Musa, security agencies in Kashmir Valley are keeping a close watch on activities related to him. Musa's name and speeches are already being misused to radicalise youth in Kashmir.
Thousands of people gathered at Musa's funeral on Saturday and have already started calling him a 'freedom fighter', 'martyr' and 'hero'. Forces in the Valley are keeping a close watch on how many more youngsters will be targeted and radicalised to pick guns. The impact of Musa's killing is such that shutdown was observed in most south Kashmir districts on a fourth consecutive day. Activities remained paralysed as people observed a complete shutdown to mourn the death of militant commander Zakir Musa.
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According to senior officials, Musa's messages and videos are being circulated widely. Terrorists are using this as a trigger for fresh recruits. Funeral pictures of Musa, in which participated by the thousands, have gone viral. In the post, he is being tagged as 'martyr' and security forces are being criticised. Some of the pictures in circulation show a teenager wearing a T-shirt of Zakir Musa with his face covered. "It is very important to check fresh recruitment, which we have succeeded so far. Terrorists and local network are using this incident as a flashpoint to target new teenagers. Even Kashmiri students outside the Valley are also on their target," a senior officer said.
The officer also pointed out that in the past, Burhan Wani's killing was misused to radicalise youth. After Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 8 2016, Musa gained popularity among youth in Kashmir, and became an icon. Terrorists have made him their poster boy in keeping the Valley burning. Last week, a Chandigarh University allegedly uploaded an anti-national post praising the terrorist. The Kashmiri student of the Chandigarh University is allegedly a part of 'Tukde Tukde Brigade' and has called for breaking the nation. In his post, he has used 'zindabad' and 'Miss you' in reference to Zakir Musa, who was the chief of terror outfit Ansar Ghazwatul Hind and member of wanted terrorists Burhaan Wani group.
Just after the death of Zakir Musa, his video message has appeared on social media, in which he confirms the day being Battle of Badar (Youmi Badar which is on 17th Ramzan) or this year on May 23, 2019, the day Musa was killed. Musa in the video is asking to take his message to everyone, "especially to the nation, Kashmir's solution is only Jihad and shutdown, or anything else is all a lie." He further adds to "remember me in your special prayers, today was youmi badar, Allah should accept my martyrdom, and nothing else is needed.
Before finishing the call, he says, "I am a sinner and pray for my forgiveness and help every other associate and support them."
Zakir Musa alias Zakir Rasheed dropped out from college to join terrorism and was active since 2013. He wanted to create an Islamic Caliphate in Kashmir. Inspired from Al-Qaeda, he had formed Ansar-ul-Gazwat-ul Hind (AGH) but had hardly few members. He was earlier associated with banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen between 2013 and 2017 and was part of the Burhan Wani group.
Last Updated 11:06 AM IST