SRINAGAR: “Revolution demands sacrifices and my brother also sacrificed his life. To see the dawn of Azadi every one here has to give sacrifice in one way or the other,” believes Mohammad Hashim, younger brother of Haseeb Ahmad Ganai of Breenthi village of Dialgam, Anantnag.
Haseeb was shot dead by the government forces during clashes at Achabal a day after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed along with two other associates in Bamdoora, Kokernag, on July 8.
A class-12 pass out, he was running a makeshift provisional store near a brick kiln in the neighbourhood of his village.
As the news of Burhan’s killing reached Dialgam, Haseeb, in a fit of emotions, rushed to the encounter site and returned home at around 3 am, his family members say.
The next morning, they add, he was restless to go to Tral, Burhan’s hometown, for a last glimpse of the slain militant commander, but the unavailability of transport let him down.
Realising that he would not be able to reach Tral, Haseeb performed ablution and took a bath, they say.
“When he stepped out of the washroom, ambulances and private vehicles had started to ferry the injured to the hospital through our village. On seeing the bleeding civilians being carried in vehicles, we all rushed towards Achabal to join the protests,” another younger brother of Haseeb, Asif Ahmad, a student of class 11, recollects.
Haseeb accompanied the youths to Achabal, where clashed had intensified before they reached, Asif says.
“As soon as we reached close to the police station, policemen fired bullets directly at us from inside, injuring many,” Asif says.
Haseeb was hit in the head, and he succumbed to injuries at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) the same night, he says.
Haseeb was the eldest among his four siblings, deeply religious, and freedom loving.
“He would often ensure that he offers Nimaz in congregation. Besides, he was the staunch supporter of the freedom movement and would often talk about Burhan and his wits,” Asif said.
Haseeb never allowed anyone to click a picture of his because he considered it as a sin, Asif says.
He had even torn off his childhood photographs, he adds.
However, on the morning of the day when Burhan was killed, he clicked his first and the last video “as if knowing he was going at his shop the same morning,” he says.