Zawoora (Shopian): Miserable is the condition of the family that lost their 21-year-old son to a militant attack on the escort of DySP headquarters Shopian, in which four cops including this SPO, Adil Manzoor Bhat, were killed. Three of the family members are in trauma and bed-ridden.
Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, father of the slain special police officer (SPO), told Kashmir Reader that his son joined the police two years ago only to help him meet the two ends, for he himself is suffering from disc disorder in his back.
“I have a kanal of land that fetches us nothing,” he said, adding that his son was neither warned by any militant group nor by any civilian that his life was in danger.
Manzoor said his son was a famous cricketer in the area for being an aggressive batsman. “Two days before his killing, he visited home and took part in a cricket match despite suffering from pain in the abdomen. I told him to not play because of the illness but he told me that the pain was not so intense that he couldn’t play.”
Three of the four members of the Bhat family are suffering from trauma and all three were lying on beds when this reporter visited. The slain cop’s sister, Mehna Jan, has been bed-ridden since the killing of her brother.
“She cannot bear to look at boys the age of her brother. Sometime she grabs them as if they were her brother,” Manzoor said, adding that he had kept another son of his at a neighbour’s home as he, too, had undergone grave shock.
Gulzar Ahmad, maternal uncle of the slain cop, said that on Monday they took Adil’s brother, sister and mother to a Srinagar hospital where doctors advised to prevent them from wailing or crying.
“Doctors also told us that if Owais (Adil’s brother) suffered another stroke, it would be alarming,” Gulzar said.
The family members told Kashmir Reader that Adil’s mother, Ruquya, twice went to the graveyard where her son is buried and once tried to dig the grave and take out the corpse of her son.
“She even tried to go to police lines Shopian to ask the whereabouts of her son, all the time crying, ‘Give me my son back’,” said a neighbour, adding that Adil was the backbone of his impoverished family.
Neighbours said that Adil joined the police department after passing Class 12 board exams, during which days he was also running a kiryana shop in his village Zawoora.
The younger siblings of Adil are studying in Class 9 and Class 10. Nisar Ahmad, a neighbour, said that Adil was like his own son and many villagers didn’t know him well as he was a shy person.
Family members said that no official from the district administration, except the DySP in whose escort Adil was, had visited their home to offer condolences.