ANANTNAG: In a one-storey old-fashioned house of brick and mud, Sana-u-llah Bhat, a labourer, keeps sobbing as he looks at the books of his son Safeer Ahmad. Safeer was pursuing a masters in business administration (MBA) at a college in Chandigarh. He returned home on Shab-i-Qadr to celebrate Eid with his family. On July 9, a day after militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed in Kokernag, Safeer was beaten to death by government forces near Ganishbal, Aishmuqam.
“He had come home for Eid after writing the exams of his 6th semester. He was planning to return to college a week after Eid. We didn’t know he would go to the grave without completing his degree,” a grieving Bhat said.
Safeer had been a good student ever since he was in school. In his board exams he passed with more than 70 percent marks.
“He was a brilliant student and was only concerned about his studies. Even in the first five semesters in MBA he had secured 80 percent marks,” Bhat said.
A labourer by profession, Bhat wanted to give good education to his two sons. “This house is shared by three families. Our family has two rooms to live in. But a huge house had never been my priority. My only dream was to give good education to both of my sons. I would spend all my earnings on their education. But the killers have shattered all my dreams,” he said.
As Bhat started narrating how his son was killed, his elder son Shafiq Ahmad, who is doing a bachelors in law (LLB) at Himachal law college, interrupted him, saying, “It was a murder committed by forces.”
“None among the family was witness to his killing. The boys who witnessed to it later told us that the policemen caught him on his way to Ganishbal village, hit his head hard with gun butts, and later threw him into the river Lidder to give the impression of drowning,” Shafiq said. One of the neighboring boys, Shafiq said, was ready to narrate the account of how Shafeer was killed.
“Though we did not witness his killing, the injury marks on his head clearly show that he had been hit hard. His skull has almost broken in half,” Bhat said.
The family believes that the blood of their son and the others killed so far will lead to a revolution.
“The oppression is at its extreme. A lot of blood has flown, and this blood, I believe, will not go waste. The fight must continue. Giving up is no option,” both the father and son determinedly said.