Army soldier carries mother’s body for days for her last rites in Kashmir

Army soldier carries mother’s body for days for her last rites in Kashmir

Srinagar: An army soldier kept waiting for help to take his mother’s dead body to their native village in Kashmir, which was snowed under. But when no help came, he was forced to carry his mother’s body on his shoulder, braving inclement weather, reports said on Friday.
Muhammad Abbas, an Army soldier from Karnah tehsil in Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was posted at Pathankot. He brought his mother to Pathankot to stay with him to avoid the biting cold in Kashmir. On January 28, Abbas’s mother suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
The next morning, the Army soldier drove his mother’s body to Srinagar to further go to Karnah. However, due to heavy snowfall, the road was blocked. He asked for the help of the army and pleaded that his mother’s body be flown to their village. However, his pleas were not heard citing bad weather conditions, media reports said.
He then went to Drangyari in Kupwara, again reaching out to the army to help fly his mother’s body to Chitrakote, 52 kms away. However, no help came there too. Abbas kept his mother’s body in an army barrack, hoping the road is cleared of snow.
Abbas, along with a few relatives who had joined him in Kupwara, started walking carrying the body in 5 to 6 feet of snow. They carried the body for 10 hours and covering 30km. Abbas and his relatives carved a walking track in the snow and had to cross Sadhna Top, located at 10,700 feet.

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