SHOPIAN: A young man who joined militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) just 21 days ago lost his father to a heart attack on Tuesday after rumours in the village that he was trapped in the encounter taking place at Kundalan village.
Muhammad Isaq Naikoo, 50, resident of Meminder village and father of active JeM militant Zeenat Ahmad Naikoo, died at his home after suffering cardiac arrest on hearing that his son was trapped at Kundalan. Family members said that when he heard that his son was about to be killed by government forces, he told his wife that he wished to take a bath and perform ablutions to offer prayers.
“As he came out of the bathroom and was changing clothes, he told us that he was feeling pain in his chest. Then he fell on the ground, unconscious,” his wife said.
She added that the family members called other people who were present at the house and they took him to sub-district hospital Shopian where doctors declared him brought dead.
Medical Superintendent of sub-district hospital Shopian, Dr Zahoor Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that Isaq was brought dead to the hospital after he suffered cardiac arrest at home.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that Isaq’s son Zeenat was missing since June 19. A week after he went missing, his photo surfaced on social media in which he was seen brandishing a gun and declared as having joined the ranks of Jaish-e-Muhammad.
Villagers said that after he became an active militant, his father was the lone bread-earner for the seven-member family.
A villager said that before joining militant ranks, Zeenat was running a kiryana (grocery), vegetables and chicken shop from which he used to earn good money.