Clashes in Shopian after funeral; father says Adil told him, ‘I will get martyrdom today’
Ganowpora (Shopian): Two rounds of funeral prayers were offered by thousands of people, including more than two-thousand women, for Adil Farooq Magray in his native village of Ganowpora, some six kilometers from the district headquarters and one kilometer away from Balpora army camp, one of the largest army bases in Shopian district. The 18-year-old Adil, a BSc first-year student, was shot dead by government forces on Tuesday evening at Ganowpora village when a large number of protesters began hurling stones at government troops who had besieged the village in search of militants.
“We saw him falling to the ground. At first we were not aware that he had been hit by a bullet, but as we carried him to a local clinic, the compounder there told us to check his body as there was blood on his clothes. When we did so, we saw that a bullet had hit his body. We carried him to Shopian hospital where the doctors told us he was already dead,” one of the villagers who accompanied Adil to the hospital said.
Protests and stone-throwing incidents were seen in several areas like Meminder, Sofanaman and Imam Sahib on Wednesday in protest against Adil’s killing. Eyewitnesses from Meminder village told Kashmir Reader that youth came out on streets and hurled stones on government troops who retaliated with pellets and tear smoke shells.
All commercial establishments, shops, schools and colleges remained closed in the district in mourning and protest.
Adil was buried at the graveyard in Ganowpora amid pro-freedom, anti-India and religious speeches. Thousands of people from Shopian and Pulwama districts came to attend his funeral prayers. Hundreds of students from his college as well as teachers took part in his funeral prayers and visited his home to comfort his parents.
Adil was the eldest of six brothers. He was studying for a BSc at the Government Degree College in Shopian.
Adil’s father Farooq Ahmad Magray, 45, is an orchardist. He told Kashmir Reader that his son was fasting for Ramzan on the day he was killed.
“I was not aware of the killing of my son till 5am of Wednesday morning. The villagers told me that Adil was injured and had been referred to some Srinagar hospital,” Farooq said.
Farooq said that after the killing of Burhan Wani last year, Adil was picked up by the army when he was taking part in a protest rally.
“The army picked him up and beat him severely near the Army Goodwill School at Balpora. After some days Adil complained of pain in his head and I took him to SMHS hospital in Srinagar. The doctors prescribed him medicines and some medical tests. After taking the medicines for two months he was feeling good, till last month when he complained again of the head ache. I again took him to hospital and got medicines. He was under treatment from the past one month,” Farooq said.
“After he was beaten by the army, Adil told me that he wanted to take up arms. But I refused and counselled him, Recently he again told us he will take up arms,” Farooq said.
“Yesterday at the time of Sehri (pre-dawn meal), Adil suddenly told me, ‘Papa, today I will get martyred.’ I just ignored him. I did not know he would really attain martyrdom,” Farooq said.
He said that without his consent Adil had applied for a passport. He wanted to study in Pakistan. “He was passionate about Azadi, like every other Kashmiri. He was fed up with the brutality of government forces,” Farooq said.
Farooq said that for the past two years he had apprehensions that his son may take up arms. “At last he met the destiny of which he often talked,” he said.
The family’s one-storey house with four rooms and open courtyard was decorated with hoardings and banners of militants and those who were killed by government forces, including Burhan Wani and Wasim Malla of Pehlipora village.
Several elderly people were seen offering greetings to Adil’s father. “Congratulations to you, your son was martyred in the blessed month of Ramadhan. He had not broken his fast. He will become a way for you to go to heaven,” said the father of a rebel from Killora village of Shopian, whose son was killed in an encounter with government forces 10 years ago at Arihal village of Pulwama.
Abdul Rasheed Magray, paternal uncle of Adil, said that his nephew was an obedient and pious boy. “He was nicer to me than his brothers and his father. I often preferred to take his advice than of my brother,” Abdul said.
Adil’s five younger brothers study at a private school in Tukroo village, Adil’s uncle said.