Mr. Governor, I want to tell you the tale of a family in my neighbouring hamlet

By the way your good self needs to be reminded that most of the times encounters break when security forces lay siege of civilian population.

Er Rasheed
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 19 2018 10:45PM | Updated Date: Oct 19 2018 10:45PM
Mr. Governor, I want to tell you the tale of a family in my neighbouring hamletFile Photo

Mr. Satpal Malik Ji

Aadab!

Your contradictory statements is a reflection of New Delhi’s failures in Kashmir. From talking about eliminating militancy not militants to speaking about engaging youth between age group of 13 to 20 years, and now threatening that militants would not receive bouquets against bullets, all what one can conclude is confusion in the mind. By the way your good self needs to be reminded that most of the times encounters break when security forces lay siege of civilian population. Anyway I want to tell you the tale of a family in my nearby hamlet and leave it to your conscience to decide who is the oppressor. It was 1991 a young man Mohammad Akbar Zargar of Shirhama, residing just a kilometer from my village, like thousands of Kashmiris crossed LoC and returned with an AK-47, becaming a hardcore militant. The inter rivalry between various militant groups compelled him to become a counterinsurgent. His brother Gh. Mohi-ud-Din Zaragar, who was running a bakery shop at Kralgund, too got involved with his brother. It was April 1995 when both the brothers were shot dead by militants. Mohammad Akbar had settled in Kralgund village and was buried there, while body of Gh. Mohi-ud-Din Zargar was brought to his native village. There were no mournings, no protests and no symbolic funerals, because for the masses they were agents of forces and thus renegades.

Just three to four close relatives of Gh. Mohi-ud-Din Zargar performed the last rites. He was left behind with 5 year old son Aashiq and three daughters. Few months later the ill fated wife of Gh. Mohi-ud-Din married to Mohammad Sultan Gojree residing in a nearby village Tulwari. Ashiq grew up, passed his matriculation exam, but could not continue his studies further, as he had no one to look after his helpless sisters. He was brilliant, tough but with a smiling face always, and chose to become a driver. He voted for me in 2008 and in 2014 and would hardly miss any of our programs. In July 2018 Ashiq along with his few colleagues approached me with a file in his hands and sought help to get his compassionate appointment case settled at DC Office Kupwara.

Whatsoever little I and my colleagues would do to help the family, we often took it as our fundamental duty to rehabilitate and take care of the family. He would always discuss community issues with me and insist for redressal. In 2016 mass uprising, like other youth of the area he too would join processions and had a couple of FIRs registered against him at PS Langate.

The concerned SHO would on and of call him to the police station, humiliate and abuse him. He used to visit frequently his step father’s house to see his mother. Often I would intervene, get him back from police station, but next time they would again harass him and hurl abuses at me too in my absentia to demoralize Ashiq and others like him. Just three months back, in August, police party raided his step father’s residence at Tulwari and asked him to present Ashiq to police station.

Mohammad Sultan, his step father, did all his best to persuade police that he cannot compel him to come to police station again and again as Ashiq has faced torture and humiliation without a reason at said police station frequently. But the arrogant cops dragged him and he was hit on his face and eye mercilessly. The ill fated step father was dragged to police station and was released after two days with a swollen face. This incident shocked not only him but all of us.

Few days later Aashiq gave me a call that he is now driving a tipper in Baramullah area to avoid harassment at the hands of police. I still remember how ruthlessly on 8thof February this year, he, along with me and dozens others, was dragged while protesting outside SP Office Handwara against slapping PSA on three youth hailing from Langate.

On 11th October I woke up and came to know that an encounter has started at Shartgund village some 2 Kms away from my hamlet. Around 03:00 PM it was official that top Hizb commander Manan Wani was killed in the encounter along with his colleague, and shockingly the colleague was Ashiq Zargar, who had joined militant ranks without asking anyone or making his photos viral on social media. It was shocking and unbelievable, but true.

Thousands took to streets and huge crowds joined funeral. Mr. Governor, can you find reasons why Ashiq joined militant ranks, despite his father getting killed for being a pro-Indian. What forced Ashiq to join killers of his father and uncle and why he found dignity in getting killed as a militant. Why just four persons, yes, I mean only four persons, joined funeral of the 'patriotic' father and thousands and thousands gave a bidding farewell to the 'traitor' son. If you could introspect and explain entire tragedy of Ashiq and his family, you may find easy to understand tale of others and we can believe that you mean eliminating militancy not militants.

Otherwise we have every reason to claim without any fear or exaggeration that killing Kashmiris has become fruitful industry for a section of men in uniform.

Waiting for your response.

Er. Rasheed

mlalangate@gmail.com

Latest News

  1. Militants lob grenade at CRPF camp in south Kashmir's Pulwama
  2. Militants lob grenade at CRPF camp in south Kashmir's Pulwama
  1. Panchayat building set ablaze in south Kashmir's Pulwama
  2. Panchayat building set ablaze in south Kashmir's Pulwama
  1. Ready to join third front if it takes shape in Jammu and Kashmir, says Muzaffar Baig
  2. Ready to join third front if it takes shape in Jammu and Kashmir, says Muzaffar Baig
  1. Trump criticises Navy SEAL for not capturing Osama bin Laden sooner
  2. Trump criticises Navy SEAL for not capturing Osama bin Laden sooner
  1. Ladakh MP cites 'false' promises, unwise decisions for quitting BJP
  2. Ladakh MP cites 'false' promises, unwise decisions for quitting BJP
  1. Dicka's 70th minute strike hands Bagan 1-0 win over Real Kashmir
  2. Dicka's 70th minute strike hands Bagan 1-0 win over Real Kashmir
  1. JKSSB cancels 71 selections, asks candidates in waiting list to approach concerned departments
  2. JKSSB cancels 71 selections, asks candidates in waiting list to approach concerned departments
  1. Panchayat polls: Kupwara records highest voter turnout in Kashmir
  2. Panchayat polls: Kupwara records highest voter turnout in Kashmir
  1. JRL calls shutdown on November 22 against killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader
  2. JRL calls shutdown on November 22 against killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader
  1. Cop, who allegedly attempted suicide at DGP office, succumbs to injuries
  2. Cop, who allegedly attempted suicide at DGP office, succumbs to injuries
  1. DSEK invites applications from under privileged students to avail 10 percent quota in coaching centres
  2. DSEK invites applications from under privileged students to avail 10 percent quota in coaching centres
  1. Delhi CM attacked with chilli powder in secretariat: Officials
  2. Delhi CM attacked with chilli powder in secretariat: Officials
  1. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader’s killing part of conspiracy to suppress genuine Kashmir voices: Jama’at
  2. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader’s killing part of conspiracy to suppress genuine Kashmir voices: Jama’at
  1. Two army soldiers wounded in cross-LoC fire in Pir Panjal
  2. Two army soldiers wounded in cross-LoC fire in Pir Panjal
  1. Deeply saddened by killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader in south Kashmir, says Mirwaiz
  2. Deeply saddened by killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader in south Kashmir, says Mirwaiz
  1. Panchayat polls: 57 per cent voter turnout recorded in Bandipora till noon
  2. Panchayat polls: 57 per cent voter turnout recorded in Bandipora till noon
  1. Judge halts Trump's asylum ban
  2. Judge halts Trump's asylum ban
  1. Would be good for Musharraf to return to Pak to face trial: Court
  2. Would be good for Musharraf to return to Pak to face trial: Court
  1. SC adjourns CBI hearing post 'leak' of Verma's response
  2. SC adjourns CBI hearing post 'leak' of Verma's response
  1. Vaishno Devi pilgrim from Maharashtra dies in Katra
  2. Vaishno Devi pilgrim from Maharashtra dies in Katra
  1. Salahuddin condemns killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, calls it ‘handiwork of Indian agencies’
  2. Salahuddin condemns killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, calls it ‘handiwork of Indian agencies’
  1. Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified
  2. Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified
  1. Panchayat polls: Less than one per cent polling recorded in Anantnag till 10 AM
  2. Panchayat polls: Less than one per cent polling recorded in Anantnag till 10 AM
  1. Pakistan, IMF facing differences over bailout programme
  2. Pakistan, IMF facing differences over bailout programme
  1. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president Anantnag Hafizullah Mir shot dead
  2. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president Anantnag Hafizullah Mir shot dead
  1. Four militants, army commando killed in Shopian gunfight; Internet suspended
  2. Four militants, army commando killed in Shopian gunfight; Internet suspended
  1. Amritsar attack: Punjab Police detain 'hardliners' for questioning
  2. Amritsar attack: Punjab Police detain 'hardliners' for questioning
  1. Militant killings trigger violent protests in Shopian, Pulwama towns
  2. Militant killings trigger violent protests in Shopian, Pulwama towns
  1. Six killed, 10 injured in explosion near ordnance depot in Maharashtra
  2. Six killed, 10 injured in explosion near ordnance depot in Maharashtra
  1. Three girls among four civilians injured in Shopian clashes, referred to Srinagar
  2. Three girls among four civilians injured in Shopian clashes, referred to Srinagar
  1. 2nd phase of Panchayat polls begins in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. 2nd phase of Panchayat polls begins in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Abducted Shopian youth shot in leg, set free
  2. Abducted Shopian youth shot in leg, set free
  1. Jammu and Kashmir border clash: Mortar shells land near Poonch brigade headquarters
  2. Jammu and Kashmir border clash: Mortar shells land near Poonch brigade headquarters
  1. Multiple people reported shot near hospital in Chicago
  2. Multiple people reported shot near hospital in Chicago
  1. Three army soldiers wounded as gunfight breaks out in south Kashmir's Shopian
  2. Three army soldiers wounded as gunfight breaks out in south Kashmir's Shopian
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine