The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is a huge victory for security forces, a security expert has observed, adding that it would have huge repercussions and ramifications.
"His killing is a huge success for the security forces, for the last seven years they were looking for him. His killing would have huge repercussions and ramifications in that area because he was quite loved one and because he was 22 years old, there is going to be mega sympathy for him," Defence expert Major General (retired) PK Sehgal told ANI.
Normal life across the valley was affected in response to a joint shutdown call by the separatists' against the killing of Wani and his two associates.
In view of the shutdown call by the separatists, the authorities imposed curfew in Pulwama district and other areas in south Kashmir.
The Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police have described his killing as 'blow to militancy and major success for the security forces.'
Responding to question related to the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Sehgal said that it was bound to happen.
'This was bound to happen. He was a young boy who became a terrorist at the age of 15 and now has been killed at the age of 22 -- for the last seven years he has been ensuring that his friends join terrorism," he said.
The 22-year-old Internet-savvy Kashmiri militant was reportedly a resident of Dadsara village in south Kashmir's Tral area. He had left home in 2010-days before he was to take the Class 10 examination to join the region's front-line indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
He soon rose to become its district commander and figured in the list of most wanted militants.
Wani featured in videos circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp aimed at recruiting young Kashmiri men for terror.
Last month, Wani released a video warning of attacks on separate colonies for Sainiks and Kashmiri Pandits if they are set up in the Valley.