Indian security forces on Wednesday said they had caught Bahadur Ali, a militant from Pakistan.
Ali was arrested from the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to IANS, the militant, caught on Tuesday during a gunfight in Kupwara district, had told police that he belongs to Lahore and his name was Bahadur Ali.
“Some crucial disclosures made by the militant have not been made public because of their operational importance,” a police source told IANS.
The new information on Ali being a Pakistani sent social media users into frenzy. Bahur Ali became a top Twitter trend and remained so for several hours.
An overwhelming number of users began to target the NDTV journalist Barkha Dutt, sarcastically suggesting how she must be tweeting the arrest of the Pakistani militant by the Indian army.
The users, mostly with right-wing leaning, felt that, like Burhan Wani, a favourable narrative on Bahadur Ali too must be built.
Barkha’s recent reporting on Kashmir unrest has left many right-wing sympathisers upset.
The popular host of NDTV’s prime time show, The Buck Stops Here, had published a scathing reply to Times Now’s editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami, on Wednesday stating that she was ‘ashamed’ to be a part of the same industry that the latter belonged to.
Her all-out attack became the most talked about topic on social media all throughout Wednesday.
Here some of the tweets on the arrest of Bahadur Ali:
— Chitti 2.0 (@NotADiplomatic) July 28, 2016
Bahadur Ali – Muslim Terrorist comes from Pakistan and get caught …@bdutt who's son is he? a teacher, a doctor,or an engineer?
— Manek (@BeingManek) July 28, 2016
@BDUTT whose son is Bahadur Ali what is his family history& background? We r awaiting your tweet & The Buck stops here sorry buck-buck
— #Harish Chawla (@harishchawla74) July 28, 2016
Bahadur Ali father is a beggar. Poverty made Bahadur revolutionary. Why Army arrest him? he came for pellet guns Victims (Tweet like Barkha)
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) July 28, 2016
— Narendra (@np_s) July 28, 2016
— Sir Rohit Sharma (@imWrong45) July 28, 2016
Bahadur Ali – Muslim Terrorist comes from Pakistan and get caught
Barkha Dut who's son is he? the Nation wants to know !
— Trojan_Horse (@SampathRedDevil) July 28, 2016
Meanwhile @BDUTT searching information about father of Bahadur Ali. Probably hafiz saeed will help him considering her secular work
— Sandeep Singh (@sandeepsingh844) July 28, 2016
.@BDUTT One of ur Pakistani brother,Bahadur Ali, crossed LOC to meet u but unfortunately got caught by cruel Indian forces. Please help him
— Desi_NRI (@RepugnantIndian) July 27, 2016