Sopore: In March this year, three youths of Brath Kalan village in Sopore, Baramulla district, went missing. Among them was Altaf Ahmad Mir.
On March 6, Sunday, 25-year-old Altaf Ahmad Mir, who ran a fruit business and was a second-year college dropout, left home saying that he was going to Sopore. He never came back. On Friday, June 17, his family learnt that Altaf had been killed in the gunfight in Bomai village.
“I still cannot believe that this is true,” his father Abdul Rashid Mir, trying to stop his tears, said. “I will wait till I see my son’s body with my own eyes.”
Altaf lost his mother in childhood. His father said that he “tried everything to fill the void left by his mother.”
“But I am sure that no one is going to fill the void that he has left in my life,” Abdul Rashid said.
Altaf’s cousin told Kashmir Reader that Altaf was a simple village boy who was very hardworking. “He used to do all the work of his home. He left studies after passing the 2nd-year examination and was at home for the past one year, before leaving in March. We did not hear of him since. Today we will receive his body and we will get a chance to see our martyr brother,” the cousin said.
After Altaf went missing, his family filed a missing report at Sopore police station. Altaf had four siblings, three brothers and a sister.