On Friday, Danish Siddiqui, a photo journalist of Reuters, was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan. The demise of the 38 year old left people dejected with many offering their condolences for his family members. Several influential personalities from across the globe, including Foreign secretary Harsha Shringla condemned the killing of the journalist Body of the Indian photo journalist has been handed over to the Red cross by the Taliban government, according to sources.
Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani expressed his condolences to the family members of Siddiqui and said that he was killed while covering the atrocities of Taliban in Kandahar. Reports suggests that the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist was embedded with Afghan troops who were ambushed by the Taliban near the Spin Boldak border crossing.
Danish Siddiqui covered war zones and crises from Iraq to Hong Kong to Nepal. He was killed on Friday covering Afghan-Taliban clashes near the Pakistan border. Here is some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer’s best work from the past decade: https://t.co/HnoHFKTyFS pic.twitter.com/Asz4vVFMnh— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) July 16, 2021
Spokesperson of Taliban Zabihulla Mujahaid said that Taliban had not been aware that there was a journalist reporting from the site. He said that it was not clear how Siddiqui was killed in the “fierce battle”. Entire country, including politicians, films and sports personalities mourned for the demise of the young and skilled photographer. Meanwhile, a number Twitter handles could be seen spewing hatred at the deceased by celebrating his demise.
A twitter handle named Kishore C Iyer whose bio says that he is a “Brahmanical Patriarchy, HINDUTVA, Saffron, Cross Fit, Metal, Anti-Desert cult, Varnashrama Dharma, Anti-left/liberals/secularists” uploaded the screen shots of Danish’s earlier post about COVID 19 crisis in India and a post about his demise only to add laughing emojis.
….tha saavu da!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/q4iUzyIYbr— Kishore C Iyer🇮🇳 (@Kishoreciyer1) July 16, 2021
Not only Kishore, a set of people were uploading posts making fun of the journalist’s demise. A user added an hashtag saying “Karma” and one could be seen adding PUBG game logo to mock Danish.
Hundreds of people got irked on seeing these tweets and many demanded them to remove the tweets. “You think you will never die ?” a twitter user asked Kishore C Iyer on seeing his post. When a user asked him to delete the tweet, Kishore said that he has no “guilt” on uploading such a post.
Ennaku guilt kedayadhu sir…!— Kishore C Iyer🇮🇳 (@Kishoreciyer1) July 16, 2021
Here’s how people reacted to these posts :
Stop preaching about Love and humanity to Sanghis. They’re Sanghis.— St . Sinner. (@retheeshraj10) July 17, 2021
Sanghis are celebrating Danish Siddiqui's death coz he shot these pictures of shamshaans and showed the Covid distress to the world.— aakash mehrotra 🏳️🌈 (@aakashmehrotra) July 17, 2021
The same Sanghis are ready to support the man whose incompetence and abdication of responsibility led them to these shamshaans. pic.twitter.com/bjylLKv2ha
It's an old habit of Sanghis to mock & rejoice the deaths of those who expose the tyranny & incompetency of the Govt in Power.— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) July 17, 2021
Sanghi cowards did the same when there was a British Govt in India.
நீ சாவுறப்ப, நாங்க இப்படி செய்யமாட்டோம், மிருகத்தைவிட கீழானவரே— அ.அண்ணாமலை (@annamalai812) July 16, 2021
அவரோட மரணத்திற்கு(வீரத்திற்கு) அர்த்தம் இருக்குடா புண்ணாக்கு… போருக்கு பயந்து பிரிட்டிஷ் காலை நக்கி பிழைத்த சாவர்க்கர் வாரிசுகளுக்கு அதைப்பற்றி ஒரு மசுரும் தெரியாது…🙌🏻 நீங்க கேப்பே தராம கம்பு சுத்திக்கிட்டே இருங்க.👍🏻— ஜீரோ நானே⭕ (@Anti_CAA_23) July 16, 2021
எவ்ளோ குரூர மனநிலை இருந்தா இப்படி கமெண்ட் பண்ணி சிரிக்க முடியுது இவனுங்களால..— Prem (@premvenky87) July 16, 2021
இந்த மாதிரி pshyco சங்கிகள ஒன்னு mental hospitalல சேர்த்து டிரீட்மென்ட் குடுக்கலாம் அப்படி இல்லனா கருணை கொலை பண்ணிடலாம். ஏனா சக மனுஷனோட சாவ கொண்டாடுறவன் வாழுறதே வேஸ்ட் தான்..
Talibans are celebrating Danish Siddiqui’s death in Afghanistan and Sanghis in India !!— G.Ѳ.А.T (@iParth_) July 17, 2021
Cause both are mirror image of each other! https://t.co/BxxjRrdz7V
Never expect photoshop addicted Sanghis to appreciate a real photographer!— James Wilson (@jamewils) July 17, 2021
He died for the same country which you just romanticize in just Social media— அகரன் (@vignesh_viki11) July 17, 2021
Talibans are in your next door save your ass https://t.co/seSMdy7zKi
எப்பிறப்பிலும் கேவலமான பிறப்பென்பது நெற்றியில் பிறப்பது போல!! https://t.co/QPTdKWCSMw— Gurubaai (@ItsGurubaai) July 17, 2021
Thanks for exposing urself how cheap a sangi would be..🙌 let the people know how brutal mindset u ppl have..u posted this bcos he exposed ur leader’s inability..be safe TN from this hindutva animals🙌 https://t.co/dMipWGpo9E— JEGAN 😎🤏 (@j_gun_) July 17, 2021
I’d never wish death even on my biggest enemy . I guess no one would. The human race is better than this. How much lower can we stoop?This is cold. Very cold. I feel nothing but sorry for this man. https://t.co/5bZYO45h4j— Mohamed 🇵🇸🇵🇸✊ (@vidrapathukalam) July 17, 2021