Srinagar: Heart wrenching scenes were witnessed Thursday in Shalimar locality here during the funeral prayers of a Kashmiri doctor who was abducted and murdered by unknown gunmen in conflict-torn Libya on March 9.
37-year-old Irfan Ahmad Mir, son of Ali Mohammad Mir, was abducted by the gunmen on March 9, when he was returning from hospital to his Derna hostel. A day later, he was shot dead by his abductors.
Irfan had received three shots, two in chest and one in skull. He had also suffered knee injuries, suggesting that he might have resisted the abduction move.
Irfan’s brother Athar, who was in New Delhi along with his ailing parents, received the tragic news from his brother’s colleagues. On Friday last, Athar returned to Kashmir along with his parents. However, he didn’t disclose to his parents about the brutal murder of his brother abroad.
“Athar was deeply worried about his ailing parents. He knew his parents would not bear this shock,” a close relative told Kashmir Reader Thursday.
The aged couple, he said, came to know about the tragedy on Thursday morning, hours before his body was brought by his uncles from New Delhi, 11 days after his killing.
Irfan was the eldest of the three siblings. He worked in Maldives and Qatar before moving to Libya in August last year.
Meanwhile, people started pouring in at the residence of Mirs when news spread in the area that the body of Irfan was being brought home. When the body arrived at around 2:30 pm, hundreds of people had assembled to have a last glimpse of the youth, known in the locality for his simplicity and humility. Amidst tears and sobs, Irfan was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard near Imam Bara, Shalimar.
“Last year, Parvez, a boy of our locality had met with an accident. Irfan treated him for over a month. He would go to his house to enquire about his health. Irfan’s death is a loss to all of us,” Ejaz Hussain, a local told Kashmir Reader.
Irfan was nephew of Gazanfar Hussain, Commissioner Secretary Health, and Mohammad Saleem Shishgar, Secretary State Vigilance Commission.