Baramulla: When the body of Basit Ahmad Mir, son of Mohammad Ahsan Mir of Andergam Pattan, reached his home at about noon on Wednesday, thousands of people were already gathered there. They shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and almost jumped upon one another to have a last glimpse of his face. A large procession took the body to the nearby martyrs’ graveyard where he was laid in the earth.
Basit was one among four children of Mohammad Ahsan Mir. He was a first-year student at government degree college Pattan when in February 2016 he left home to join militant ranks.
Born in a farmer’s family, Basit was religiously inclined from an early age. One of his chief interests was the idea of “sacrifice”, a cousin of his told Kashmir Reader.
The cousin said that Basit was trained locally as a militant. He was 20 years old and had passed Class 12 examinations while studying at government higher secondary school Goshbug.