Day after militant’s funeral, young man disappears in Sopore

Day after militant’s funeral, young man disappears in Sopore

Sopore: A youngster has gone missing in a Sopore village, a day after a militant from his village died in an encounter with government forces. Sources said that 20-year-old Naseer Ahmad Mir mysteriously disappeared from Brath village, 10 kilometers from Sopore town, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Locals said that Mir disappeared last Friday, the day after the funeral of militant Toib Majeed Mir was held in Brath village.

Mir’s family members have appealed to him to return home. Mir’s mother is reportedly infirm and has gone into a state of shock since his disappearance.

Javid Ahmad Mir, 35, elder brother of Naseer Ahmad, made an impassioned appeal to his brother to return home. “Mother is on bed. She is unconscious most of the time and whenever she regains consciousness, she cries and shouts your name. You know how attached she is to you. What kind of jihad is this when our home is in such condition? If you read this or those you have joined ranks with read this, please come home,” he said to reporters.

The family has been hit by violence in the past as well. Mir’s elder brother Mohammad Shafi, a soldier in the Indian Army, was killed by unknown persons in 2006 when he was barely 22 years old. He was abducted by unknown persons and subsequently killed. He was home for holidays when unknown persons abducted and killed him.

“He was to rejoin duties the next day when his body was found lying in the main chowk of Sopore town,” Javid Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.

Naseer, a Class10 dropout, drove a pickup van to eke out a living. He has two siblings and aged parents at his home.