#Day60: Slain Topper’s Funeral Evokes Fresh Emotions in Kashmir


Mohammad Abu Bakar


Glimpses of funeral procession of Musaib. (Photos: Mohammad Abu Bakr/KL)

Glimpses of funeral procession of Musaib. (Photos: Mohammad Abu Bakar/KL)

Amid slogans, Musaib Tare Khoon Se Inqilaab Ayeega, thousands bid tearful adieu to 17-year-old teenager in his native village Langate’s Sonawani. Musaib Majeed Nagoo succumbed after a tear-gas shell hit his head at Wadoora Sopore Monday and left him in a critical state.

The 17-year-old youth succumbed to his injuries at SMHS Hospital Srinagar late Monday evening, taking the civilian death toll to 75 since July 09, 2016. “We rushed him to SMHS Hospital on Sunday afternoon after doctors briefly attended him at Sopore hospital,” said Asif’s uncle, Sajad Ahmad Nagoo. “Doctors conducted two surgeries on Asif before putting him on ventilator.”

One surgery was done in Neuro surgery section and second in main theatre before he was shifted to ICU ward-17, he said.


Asif was a non-medical class 12th class studying at Government Higher Secondary School Bomai. “He was on way to Sopore-Kupwara highway when Asif sustained injuries,” Sajad said. “We rushed to the spot but did not find him there. Some people told us that Asif was shifted to Sopore hospital.” But, Sajad said, “when we reached Sopore hospital he was not there as police had taken him with themselves.”

“It was after two hours that Asif was brought to Sopore hospital in CRPF ambulance by police.”

Thereafter, he said, doctors in Sopore hospital referred him to SMHS Hospital Srinagar. “Asif stood topper in class tenth in his school,” Musaib’s uncle said. “He passed matriculation from Apna Public School Wadoora Payeen.” His father is a small time businessman and has two siblings.


“Doctors have found pellets in his skull,” Asif’s father, Ab Majeed told Kashmir Life over phone. “X-Rays of Asif’s head show it clearly.”

However, police have said that Asif fell down during protests and was hit by a stone causing injury to his head.

Kashmir Life got in touch with a teacher at Government Higher Secondary School Bomai who taught Asif. “He was a good student,” the teacher said, “he had got above 90% marks in Class tenth.”

A regular student, the teacher asserted, “Asif would have got through AIEEE next year such was his calibre.”

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