Shopian: The family of a slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant has paid the money for the reconstruction of the house in which their son was killed three months ago during a gunfight in Shopian.
The slain militant, Altaf Ahmad of Awneera village in Shopian, was killed with his associate in a 16-hour-long gunfight with government forces in Barbug village on September 10. During the encounter, the government forces blasted the house of Sartaj Ahmad, leaving him and his family homeless.
Shakir Ahmad Rather, brother of the slain Altaf, accepted that they have paid the expenses for rebuilding the house in which his brother was trapped. He, however, didn’t reveal the amount paid to the family.
A close relative of Sartaj admitted that Rather family had provided the money for the reconstruction of the house.
“Yes he (Sartaj) rebuilt his house and the family of Altaf offered every single comfort to Sartaj,” the relative told Kashmir Reader.
“They (the Rathers) told the family that they will pay all the expenses for reconstruction of the damaged house and other household things which they lost during the encounter but the family accepted only Rs 1.25 lakh,” said Nazakat, a close relative of Altaf.
Before joining militant ranks, Altaf was doing a flourishing cardboard business. However, he abandoned his business and joined the Hizb in May this year.
“After completing graduation, he went outside the state and got enrolled for a Master’s degree but later left it halfway. He started a fruit and cardboard business which he ran for more than two years before joining the rebels,” Altaf’s brother said.
The Rather family’s generous act has earned them more respect among villagers, who say that the family has set an “example of resistance”. Altaf’s father, Mohammad Maqbool Rather, is a prosperous landlord and businessman who has always helped the poor and needy, the villagers say.