Sopore: Sajad Ahmad Lone left home on February 21 last year to join militancy.
His father Mohammad Akbar, a retired policeman, said, “He told me then that he has been selected for a diploma course. I trusted him and let him go.”
“That day he came to meet me in a local mosque, when I was offering fajr prayers. He touched my shoulder and in a hushed tone told me that he was leaving. He then went to say bye to his mother, brothers, sisters and his uncles. He took clothes, some books and passport too. He remained in touch for some days through text messages but suddenly stopped texting and we became worried about his safety as his number was switch off,” Akbar said.
After about 22 days, Akbar said, government forces came to his home and inquired about Sajad.
“We told them everything and they left. After that I was asked to report at the local police station. They asked some questions, nothing else,” he said.
Sajad had completed BA in Arts from Sopore College and had worked for some months as a salesman in a medical agency in the town.
“I didn’t trust anyone when I was told he had joined militancy. I would tell them until I see with my own eyes I won’t believe,” Akbar said.
He buried his son late in the evening.