Mufti expresses ‘deep shock’

SRINAGAR: Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed a deep shock and grief over the death of Zahid Ahmad Bhat, an official spokesman said.
Mufti said that one more precious life has been lost to the politics of hate and intolerance that is posing a grave challenge to the state and India’s plurality.


He was critical from day one. Doctors told me Zahid had inhaled flames which had damaged his respiratory system. He was energetic and more communicative than Showkat (the other victim). He wanted that he should be shifted from the ICU to other ward because he felt bored. I was told he is young so he must be feeling bored
—Tariq Hamid Karra, PDP MP to Kashmir Life


“I have no words to condemn the dastardly act which consumed the life of a poor and innocent young boy for no fault of his,” he said.
Expressing solidarity with the family members of the deceased, he said under no circumstances will the guilty be allowed to go unpunished.
He said though the loss of life of Zahid in the tragic incident cannot be compensated, he directed the official machinery to extend all possible help to the bereaved family in its hour of grief. The Chief Minister also ordered payment of ex-gratia relief to next to kin of the deceased.