SHOPIAN: Four months after her son was killed in firing by government forces, a 55-year-old woman from Nadpora village of Shopian was found dead on Monday.
Local residents said that Faata Begum was in distress after her son’s killing and had almost “turned mad” in grief.
“She used to visit my shop, before and after her son got killed. She was a changed woman and was mentally disturbed,” a local chemist said.
Riyaz Ahmad, a local resident said that on Monday morning Fata left her home and went to nearby stream where her dead body was later found. “We are unaware what circumstances led to her death but I can tell you that her body was found in the Laar stream,” Riyaz said while adding that Faata was laid to rest around 10 am.
Faata’s son, Rayees Ahmad was injured, and later died, by forces firing on January 27 at Ganowpora village of Shopian. Two more students were also killed in the incident.
Nadpora residents said she was in distress and mentally disturbed after her son’s killing.
Residents added that Rayees was an example in the village for being an obedient son, and lived with his mother while his two brothers lived separately.
For her loyalty to her mother, he was popularly known as ‘Avlaad’ (son) among the villagers, they said.
Gowhar Ahmad, another resident said that while Rayees was killed in forces’ firing, Faata lost control of her mind because of the killing. “They both died but Rayees (Avlaad) remained an example of obedience,” he said.
“We came to know that she had left her home in the middle of night and her body was found by some villagers in morning,” a close relative of Faata said.