Srinagar, September 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, little Burhan was laid to rest amid sobs and moist in people’s eyes next to his father’s grave at Sagipora village in Sopore, who succumbed to his injuries yesterday after he was hit along with father by unidentified gunmen on Friday evening. Three years old Burhan was hit by a bullet in his abdomen when unidentified gunmen fired indiscriminately at the father-son duo on Friday evening. Father, Bashir Ahmad died on the spot while his son, Burhan was referred to Soura Institute of Medical Sciences where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.
Hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayers of Burhan amid pro-freedom slogans. A small grave had been dug by locals next to Burhan’s father in a graveyard, barely few hundred meters away from the house of the bereaved family. The boy was studying in pre-nursery class in Shah Memorial Welkin Educational Trust Sopore. Burhan was shifted to hospital in a critical condition on Friday evening where doctors operated upon him till late night. “He had a bullet injury in his abdomen. We tried our best to save him, but he died on Saturday,” said a doctor in the hospital.
Pervez Ahmed Butt, younger brother of slain Bashir Ahmad, talking to media said his brother was most gentle and people-friendly. “He served three years in prison and was released later. Since then, he was helping his father in farming, besides running a small provisional store outside his house,” Pervez said. “The death of my brother and nephew has killed all our dreams. My brother had constructed a separate house in the vicinity and wanted Burhan to be a doctor.”
Bashir left behind a young widow and a 15-month daughter, Hoorain. “Bashir was our elder brother. Our second brother Firdous went missing and we later came to know that he was killed in an encounter in Rajouri,” said Ghulam Qadir, Bashir’s another brother. “We can’t bear this tragedy. Their killers should have killed us too.” Qadir said soon after his brother finished Maghrib prayers on Friday at a nearby Markazi Jamia Masjid, gunmen who had made several rounds of the locality on a bike that was without a number plate, caught Bashir’s collar and took him away from the Masjid.
“They were roaming in the locality earlier and had stopped at the Masjid with an excuse that their bike had no petrol. Burhan was accompanying his father as he had insisted him for a chocolate,” Qadir said. “Burhan was holding the hand of his father when gunmen fired the first shot at Bashir, right on his heart. They fired many bullets at Bashir that hit his stomach and a belly. One bullet hit Burhan’s belly, but he still didn’t leave his father’s hand. They got separated only after locals rushed to the spot.”
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