Srinagar: Farooq Ahmed Wani has spent 904 days in the grind of the justice system since 2010 when police killed his 13-year-old son Wamiq Farooq. During this time, he had to sell off a plot of land and his entire savings to fund his fight for justice.
Wamiq was killed when a teargas shell fired by police hit him at Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar, on January 30, 2010.
Subsequently his father filed a complaint before a court seeking directions to police to register an FIR against the accused ASI, Abdul Khaliq, and SPO Mohammad Akram, who are in jail currently.
However police had come up with an FIR accusing Wamiq of being a 13-year-old “miscreant trying to kill a policeman”. The two cops were later arrested and sent to jail.
Farooq has maintained a small diary in which he has marked the days he has spent making rounds of courts.
The diary, which he keeps in his pocket, shows he spent 207 days in 2010, 186 in 2011, 151 in 2012, 75 in 2013, 80 in 2014, 90 in 2015, 100 in 2016 and 15 in 2017 in courts.
“Since Wamiq left us, the meaning of my life is to have his killers booked. Trust me it is now a battle between me and the tyrants who killed my son. I have spent seven years without any justice. I will spend the rest of it but won’t leave his killers unpunished,” Rashid told Kashmir Reader.
Farooq , who earns for his three sons and wife, has a humble background. He earns by selling perishables. At the time of Wamiq’s killing, the then Jammu and Kashmir government offered him ex-gratia relief and a job in police. He refused.
Before the tragedy, Farooq was a simple, straightforward man. He would never take cudgels with anybody. Now, seven years later, in search for justice, he has become feisty, firm and spirited.
“I have forgotten my life. I have no desire to construct a new house. I would be happy to live my life in the two-room house I have if the killers are punished and my other children are educated,” Farooq said.
Farooq’s elder son is pursuing a diploma, his third son is pursuing masters in computers and the youngest son is studying in class 5.
Wamiq, who was class 7 student when martyred, had secured first position for three consecutive years.
“He was the most talented of them all,” Farooq said.
“He would get angry if someone accidentally smudged his notebooks. Unlike my other kids, I need not push him for studies. He was wedded to his studies,” said Firdosa, Wamiq’s mother.
This year, after the police filed a bail application in the Jammu court, Farooq had been busy in collecting material for drafting his response. A day before his son’s seventh death anniversary, Farooq was busy in the court. He makes sure that he does not miss a hearing.
“We have invested everything in it. I know how desperate the state is about hushing this case up. All their offers could not buy us. They cannot make me barter my martyr son even if they gift the moon in my right hand and the sun in the left. During the uprising when all Kashmir was shut I travelled by foot to make my presence in the court hearing. I know I will win,” Farooq said.