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Hours after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Waseem Ahmad Malla was killed in Shopian on April 7, a Facebook profile ‘Ess Eff’ with around 4,000 ‘friends’ had uploaded a photo of his body saying, “May Allah accept his shahadah”. The photo was ‘liked’ by around 1,100 netizens.
Another profile of ‘Minnat Ul Lah’ put out a similar message with a picture of two bodies with the hashtag “#Kupwara_SHAHEED (InShaAllah)”, soon after three LeT militants were killed on April 21.
A scroll down the two profiles reveals content that supports armed rebellion against India and encourages people to join it. Photos of young Kashmiri militants with rifles adorn the ‘Walls’ of such profiles and the captions read “mujahids”.