Kawoosa, Rathsun: At the home of Adil Farooq Sheikh, located on the banks of the Sukhnag rivulet in Kawoosa hamlet of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, who was shot dead by government forces during anti-poll protests, a group of women are sitting in mourning. Outside the house, an uncanny calm prevailed in the canopy where male mourners sat.
Occasionally, they talked in whispers “ye oos MBBS paran te oos doctor yechan banun (He was studying to crack MBBS entrance test. His aim was to be a doctor).
“You were like a professor and doctor for me. Who ruined your dreams?” Adil’s mother wails inconsolably.
Inside the single-story building is a group of youngsters in a desperate mood discussing the consequences of the brutal killing of the civilians at the hands of the government forces. “Adil was not part of any kind of protests but had gone to his friend’s home to bring some important books,” Adil’s younger brother Shakil Ahmad said.
He said his brother had gone to fetch some important books from a friend living in neighbouring village.
He said when the polling staff was withdrawing from the village in the evening, his brother was caught at a bridge between the two hamlets. “As soon as Adil reached near the bridge, the withdrawing police and SOG personnel fired automatic weapons and pellet guns aimed at him,” Rayees Ahmad, Adil’s neighbour said.
“The people in the vicinity cried and wailed but could not help to retrieve his blood-drenched body,” he said.
Shakil said that half an hour after the firing incident, someone informed him on phone that his brother has been shot by the government forces.
“I rode my bike and went to the spot where I saw him in a pool of blood. I somehow managed to lift him on bike and took him to Noora hospital where they referred him to SKIMS-Bemina. The doctors declared him dead on arrival,” Shakeel added.
Adil’s killing has shattered the locality and aggravated sentiment amongst the youngsters. “We won’t make any compromise on the blood of our martyrs. We boycotted the polls because India has crossed all the limits of brutality and it is time for them to go back and accept the defeat,” Rayees said.
“I have voted in the past against the promises of development. But our vote was manipulated in different ways by the politicians. I have come to know the consequences of vote and not to vote so I chose to boycott,” Rayees added.