Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two years have passed since the killing of charismatic youth leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani, and on every single day of these two years his family has been receiving guests, fifteen to twenty of them, from across the territory.

Burhan was martyred by the Indian troops in a fake encounter in Bemdoora area of Kokernag in Islamabad district on July 8, 2016. Kashmir valley remained shut for more than five months while more than hundred civilians were killed and thousands injured many with pellets protesting against his killing.

“And from even parts of India as well,” says Muzaffar Wani, Burhan’s father, at his home in Shareefabad village in Tral, minutes after several mujahideen appeared at his son’s grave and offered a gun salute.

Not only Burhan’s grave but his house, barely 200 meters downhill from the graveyard, has become a relic for people, particularly those living in Kashmir. Every day, Muzaffar Wani says, without fail, fifteen to twenty people reach his home. “Some of them sit with us, some sit in the lawn for a while and leave, and some just see the house from a distance without even meeting us,” Muzaffar Wani said.

Asked why these people visit and what do they say when they come, Muzaffar said that everyone had only one thing to say, “We just wanted to see where Burhan lived, what lanes he walked through.”

“They all come to express their love to my son. It has been overwhelming for me and my family,” the father said, adding that he has received people from every nook and corner of the valley. Moreover, people from Doda, Bhaderwah, Reasi, Kishtwar, Jammu and some places in India have at different times visited the family.

“Many of them just come to the graveyard, offer Fateha and leave,” a shopkeeper outside the graveyard told media. He said that he tells many of the visitors to not bother the family and they duly oblige. “They just pray at the grave and leave. Some, however, do visit the family. Every day I see more than thirty people come to the grave and offer prayers,” the shopkeeper said.

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