‘He never ran away, always fought back’

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Orphaned at a tender age, Qaiser Amin lived, and died, with plenty of spunk

SRINAGAR: The audacity with which 21-year-old Qaiser Amin faced the challenges that life threw before him was evident also in the way he resisted the paramilitary vehicle that ultimately crushed him to death. When both his parents died eight years ago, he was thirteen and suddenly destitute. There was no business or profession that his father left behind for him. What he did leave behind was the responsibility of his two younger sisters. Qaiser didn’t flinch. He not only continued to study himself, he also paid for the education of his two sisters, both of whom are still studying. Somehow, he always managed to eke out a living.
And all this while he remained a “cool, jolly type”, as his friends described him.
“The tough situation at home never made him hopeless. He faced it with vigour, and with full faith the he will achieve what he wants to,” one of his childhood friends said.
The friend said that when Qaiser’s father died in 2010, he was sixth member in the family who had died within a year. The first to die were his uncles, then his mother, then his father and cousin. At about that time, Qaiser shifted to his aunt’s in-laws’ home at Dalgate. The aunt took care of Qaiser and his two sisters. His old home at Fateh Kadel was locked and shut.
“He was studying in BCom first year. He was making ends meet by doing different types of work. In the past eight years, he must have switched between half-a-dozen kind of skill-based works,” another friend said.
The friend said Qaiser was now earning almost Rs 10,000 a month.
“Qaiser was a jolly type, fun-loving boy. He was passionate about good dressing. He had recently straightened his hair. He would never turn down any wish of his sisters. He would work 24X7 to make sure he fulfilled the wishes of his sisters, even if cost him money beyond his earning,” the friend added.
Qaiser was religious, too. He would go to Jamia Masjid every evening to offer prayers. He was a non-smoker, had no girlfriend, and was passionate about Azadi.
“Yes, he was a staunch Azadi pasand,” the friend said. “He was a perennial stone-fighter, but luck was always on his side. He neither landed in police records, nor in police stations, unlike us (his friends). He would often boast about this among his friends.”
His large circle of friends was seen at SKIMS on Friday night when Qaiser was battling for life. More than 100 civilians, among them many of his friends, were waiting for him outside the ward, hoping that the doctor would come announce he is fine. A friend who was at the hospital told Kashmir Reader that 16 pints of blood were injected in Qaiser’s body, but even that could not save him.
“He achieved martyrdom while he was fasting. His cold-blooded murder symbolises the tyranny that he fought all his life. The speeding CRPF vehicle did not stop even after running over him. He did not run away from the vehicle; he always fought back,” the friend said.