Thousands attend funeral, widowed mother left without support
SHOPIAN: Rayees Ahmad Ganie, 22, of Shopian’s Nadpora village lost the battle with life at SKIMS Soura on Wednesday morning. He was hit on his forehead by a bullet fired by army soldiers at Ganowpora village of Shopian on Saturday afternoon.
Rayees was buried amid pro-freedom slogans at his ancestral graveyard at Nadpora where thousands attended his funeral prayers.
According to the SKIMS medical report, Rayees was hit by a bullet in his forehead which damaged his brain. Two other youths, one a Class 12 student and the other an undergraduate student, were killed on the spot in Ganowpora on January 27 when the army opened fire on people there. Both of them were hit by bullets on their heads.
Khursheed Ahmad Ganie, elder brother of the slain Rayees, told Kashmir Reader that his brother was returning from the home of his maternal aunt who lives in Keegam. He said more than 15 pints of blood were given to Rayees in SKIMS hospital.
Villagers in Nadpora told Kashmir Reader that Fatima Banoo, 55, mother of Rayees, was living with him and two of his elder brothers were living separately. “Rayees was an example in the village for being the faithful son of his mother. He was a 12th class dropout, and he worked hard to make his mother comfortable along with preparing for Class 12 examinations,” Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Nadpora, said.
A close relative of Rayees said that the engagement ceremony of Rayees was scheduled for this Monday. Villagers recalled Rayees as a brave man who never bent before any problem or suffering.
Emotional scenes were witnessed during the funeral prayers of Rayees at his ancestral village where according to eyewitnesses more than nine thousand mourners gathered. Locals said that due to the heavy rush of people, five rounds of funeral prayers were conducted for him. The body of Rayees was wrapped in the Pakistan flag before burial, they said.
Women were seen showering the body of Rayees with candies and flowers. Several pro-freedom and religious persons addressed the people and appealed to them to remain steadfast in the freedom struggle.
Faata Bano wailed for her son: “Why did you leave me, my Rayees Tiger? Where should I go now, who will take care of me?” When women were trying to console her, she said to them: “Don’t tell me anything; my world is lost, my backbone is broken.”