Burhan Wani was a creation of social media; says Gen Dua

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NEW DELHI: The Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC), Lt Gen Satish Dua Wednesday stated that the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was a creation of social media.
While addressing a conference on cyber security here, Lt Gen Dua stated that social media was used to build a Robinhood kind of image of Burhan Wani and eventually when he was eliminated, it led to unprecedented unrest in Kashmir.
Lt Gen Dua, who prior to his current posting was General Officer Commanding of the army’s strategic Chinar Corps (15 Corps) responsible for guarding the Line of Control in Kashmir, said there was a need to tweak the defence strategy and factor in cyber threat.
“Radicalisation is the most potent by-product of cyber warfare. Terrorist organisations have moved their propaganda online,” Dua said.
Citing an example of Burhan Wani, whose killing in an encounter with the security forces in July 2016 led to unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Dua said the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, was a creation of social media. The 22-year-old Wani was a poster boy for militancy in the valley.
“To overcome other inadequacies, they used this system (cyber space) very nicely. Social media was used to build a Robinhood kind of image of Burhan Wani and eventually when he was eliminated, we saw the kind of unrest in Kashmir, in the Valley…. (it) was unprecedented a couple of years ago. And all started with this creation of social media,” Dua said.