“What Is Going To Happen To Me The First Night In My Grave?”

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“Just 45 days ago, there were festivities in our house as he got married to Saima Jan, his childhood friend and neighbour. Today, I received his dead body. I am unable to understand what has happened to us,’’

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Slain SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar[Image: The Legitimate

Srinagar: “What is going to happen to me the first night in my grave? Just imagine…yourself in your grave down in that dark hole…alone. Think about the day people will be carrying you to your grave and your families crying…think about the moment,’’ this facebook post written by Feroz Ahmad Dar-Incharge Station House Officer at Achhabal, Anantnag in south Kashmir on his facebook wall which  has come to haunt his family and friends on last Friday when they received his coffin back home.

Dar, a handsome police officer along with his five colleagues was killed in a shootout in Thajjiwara area of Bijbehra town by Lashkter-e-toiba militants after they attacked the cab they were travelling in.

All the six policemen including Dar were killed on the spot in a much daring attack of militants.

“As we were lowering his body into the thin deep hole of the grave at his ancestral graveyard in Dogripora, it reminded us his post he had posted on facebook and we all broke into shrieks and shivered,” His friends told The Legitimate. The 2010 recruit as Sub Inspector in Jammu and Kashmir police, Dar had served at many places earlier and four months ago he was given the charge of police station Achabal.

Dar was the only son of their aged parents. Apart from his parents he is survived by two daughters Simra (5) and Adha (2) and wife Mubeena.

As there was a complete emotional outburst in Dar’s native village, there were similar emotional scenes witnessed in other villages of his colleagues when they received the shrouds of young boys.

The tragedy had fallen over the family of 24 Year old Sabzar Ahmad of Nowgam in Shopian who was recently married to his childhood friend Saima.

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The couple was still busy with post wedding invitations from their relatives and friends.    

 “Just 45 days ago, there were festivities in our house as he got married to Saima Jan, his childhood friend and neighbour. Today, I received his dead body. I am unable to understand what has happened to us,’’ said his father, Farooq Ahmad.

“Sabzar had come home five days ago, seeking special permission from his officers for the night, to meet his wife and other family members. After Sehar (pre-dawn Ramzan meal), his brother dropped him at his place of posting. What will happen to his young wife now?’’ said the father.

The ace cricketer of the village had joined the police job two years ago during the recruitment for Special Police Officers held in the district.

Another slain cop Tasveer Ahmad Dar of Surasyar village in Budgam district of central Kashmir had joined the police force in 2012. He is survived by his two daughters Fiza (8) and Toiba (4) and wife Shabnum followed by his aged parents. The family is shattered for losing the sole bread earner of the family.

In north Kashmir’s Tangmarg town the pall of gloom descended with the arrival of dead body of another cop Shariq Ahmad Lone.

Instead of routine chat and a regular phone call to the parents by Shariq, on Friday evening the family and friends received a shock after they were informed about his death.

“He used to speak to all of us, especially to his three-year-old daughter Ayesha. We will never receive his phone calls now,’’ said Lone’s elder brother, Bashaarat Ahmad. “We buried him in a hurry last night, otherwise there would have been two more deaths…my shocked parents are suffering from heart ailments,’’ he said.

He was married five years ago and “he never was involved in any counter insurgency operations,” said his brother. 

Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat, 42 another cop killed in the attack was buried in his ancestral village Audoosa nearby village where attack took place on them.

 Bhat had joined the services in 2001 and is survived by his two-year-old daughter Qurat-ul-Ain and wife Rubee Jan.

Asif Nazikee (30), another slain cop who was the sole bread earner of his family from Moominabad Shangus had joined police department eight years ago.

 The financially weak family has no one to support after his death. Nazikee is survived by aged parents, wife Parveena and a four-year-old son.

The story appeared in print edition of June 21-27, 2017. 

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