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Umar Khalid Criticised For Raising Questions About Kashmir's Reality

He removed a post on Burhan Wani after being trolled on Facebook.

11/07/2016 8:17 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 26: JNU student Umar Khalid rusticated for one semester and fined of Rs. 20,000/ by the authorities of JNU High Level Committee, on April 26, 2016 in New Delhi , India. JNU has suspended students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Shehla Rashid Shora while slapping a fine of Rs. 10,000 on Students' Union President Kanhaiya Kumar. JNU students' union has decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike starting Wednesday to protest the action taken against its President Kanhaiya Kumar. Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested on charges of sedition in February in connection with an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- JNU student Umar Khalid, who is out on bail in a sedition case yesterday kicked off another controversy by comparing Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was gunned down earlier this week, with a revolutionary.

"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 Burhan Wani's too," he said in a facebook post which he removed hours later.

He praised Wani for his bravery and said, "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 .....".

He posted another message on facebook which reads:

Khalid has earlier been a centre of controversy for being one of the organisers of the controversial event in JNU against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

His remarks on Burhan did not go down well with the RSS student wing ABVP which has been locked in an ideological battle with the left-affiliated groups in JNU campus.

"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-nationals 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.

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