ANANTNAG: Ajaz Ahmad Thokar, the first Kashmiri shot dead by the government forces following the death of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, had rushed to lift his injured neighbour, relatives and witnesses told Kashmir Reader.
A day after Burhan’s killing, hundreds of people from Akad, Fohad, and Siligam had gathered near Akad Park on the Pahalgam road in Anantnag to offer funeral prayers in absentia.
“As soon as we assembled in the yard on the opposite side of the park and offered Gaibana Jinaza (funeral prayers in absentia), the ITBP men on Yatra duty fired at the people without any provocation, leaving many injured,” said Riyaz Ahmad, an eyewitness.
He said that after the forces firing most of the people ran away, but Ajaz rushed to lift his injured neighbour who was lying in a pool of blood.
“As soon as Ajaz reached near the injured boy, forces fired a volley of bullets on him leaving him critically injured,” he said.
Ajaz bled for around 20 minutes, as nobody dared to come to his rescue after seeing the forces opening fire at him.
Later, when some youth mustered courage to rush to the spot and remove him to the hospital, his condition had deteriorated.
Doctors at District Hospital Anantnag declared him brought dead.
Ajaz is survived by an aged and ailing mother, sister, wife, and two little kids aged two years and one month.
“The family is completely shattered and is left with no male member now. He was the lone bread earner for the family,” said one of his relatives Sahil Nazir.