Vessu: Abdul Basit’s funeral prayers were offered in the premises of the school, Iqbal Public School, in Vessu, Anantnag, where he had passed his class 10 examination with distinction. His father Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Ahangar said,”I have lost my son and there can be no painful moment for a father than this. But what eases my pain is that my son died as a martyr. So I think my entire family is worthy of accolades because of his martyrdom.”
“Revolution demands blood and everybody has to be ready for giving sacrifices for achieving the goal of Azadi. If needed we will be ready to give more sacrifices for the cause. The people have risen to free themselves from the slavery and I appeal to them to show the same resilience till the goal is achieved,” Ahangar said.
Basit, a first year college student, was killed by government forces last evening a few meters outside his home. He had been planning to pursue hotel management from Chandigarh.
“His family was completing the formalities needed for sending him to hotel management course. Who knew we will be consigning him to the grave even before he would complete his graduation,” said his uncle Sartaj Ahmad.
Ahmad alleged the policemen after firing pellets at Basit threw him into a concrete-lined stream, causing his on spot death. And the police did not allow anyone to go near his body for about 10 minutes, he said.
“It was a murder. There were no clashes in the area at the time,” he added.