Anantnag: When 22-year-old Amir Suhail Ganai came home in the last week of Ramzan to celebrate Eid with family, he had expressed extreme happiness over nearly completing his masters in business administration (MBA). The proud family would not have imagined that Amir would fall to bullets of army men while being at home for holidays. Amir was shot dead by in Larkipora area of Dialgam last week. Eight others sustained injuries in the army firing and thrashing of locals.
“Amir was due for his final semester of MBA at a college in Haryana. He was very happy about soon completing his degree. He was planning to return to college on the 25th of this month,” Amir’s brother Ikhlaq Yousuf told Kashmir Reader.
Amir had gone to Larkipora to see if the JK bank branch was open so that he could withdraw some money. “He had left home to see if the bank branch was operating but the Almighty had decided something else. What can one do before the decisions of Allah,” said Amir’s maternal uncle Mushtaq Ahmad.
Witnesses of the army firing said that Amir’s was a targeted killing by the army troops.
“The villagers who witnessed the scene say that Amir was standing on the roadside when the army men fired directly at him. The army troops were angry because of being pelted with stones by youth in the area,” Ahmad said.
Amir’s father, Mohammad Yusuf, was silently sitting in a corner of his house. A farmer by profession, Yusuf now hardly speaks to anyone. “He is shattered. Himself being an illiterate, he always wanted to give good education to his children. He spent his every hard-earned penny on their education,” said Yusuf’s elderly neighbour, Ghulam Rasool.
Amir’s younger brother, Ikhlaq who is studying for a masters in physical education said that the ongoing movement should continue till the goal of Azadi is achieved.
“Every year we loose hundreds of young men to bullets without any result. But this time it has become a mass movement with a difference. People must be united and resilient in this time,” Ikhlaq said.