Umar Khalid, the sedition accused in JNU case has once again courted controversy by comparing, the slain Hizbul Mujahideeen terrorist Burhan Wani to Che Guevara. In a facebook post, he showed his support to Burhan and condemned the killing by the “Indian state.”
Quoting Che’s famous words, Khalid writes, “I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” These were the words of Che Guevara, but could have just been #BurhanWani’s too. Burhan wasn’t scared of death, he was scared of a life lived in subjugation. He detested it. He lived a free man, died a free man. Doomed is the occupation! Indian state, how will you defeat a people who have defeated their own fears? Rest in Power, Burhaan!
#In complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir!
Burhan, the 21-year-old “poster boy” of Hizbul Mujaheedin was killed in an encounter by the J-K security forces and Kashmir has been in a state of chaos since then. Violence erupted spontaneously in south Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopia and Kulgam, spreading to many districts thereafter. The slain commander enjoyed popular support in the valley as thousands thronged to attend his funeral march and raise slogans like, “Tum kitne Burhan maroge, har ghar se Burhan nikelega.” “Zeeve, zeeve Pakistan, (Long live Pakistan).”
His remarks on Burhan did not go down well with the BJP student wing ABVP which issued an official statement, saying, “After supporting Afzal Guru, Khalid has now expressed his sympathies with Burhan, this is an indicative of his association with terrorists and his support for them. Such anti-nationsals are even dangerous for the society than terrorists. I demand that his bail be cancelled and investigation about his links be conducted,” Saurabh Sharma, lone ABVP member in JNU students union said in a statement.
The student leader and one of the sedition accused is currently out on bail, in connection with organizing the February event in JNU against the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where allegedly anti-national slogans were raised.