Kulgam Encounter: ‘Four Sisters Lost their lone Brother’



Asif Ahmed Tantray who lost his life during violent clashes between protesters and government forces in Rudwani area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district was the only brother of four sisters.

“The family and these four sisters were totally depended on Asif who used to work at a private cellular outlet. The family is finished now. Three among four sisters are unmarried, father is too feeble to carryout farming,” said a wailing relative of the slain youth to CNS.

The father and the friends of slain youth said that Asif was not a part of the protest. “He was standing alone at a solitary place when bullet hit him. Asif had come out to look for his mother who had gone to fetch milk.  The Government Forces in a bid to disperse the protesters who were trying to enter into the house where two local militants were trapped were showering bullets on protesters and one of the bullets hit Asif. He was evacuated to a hospital in the district where he breathed his last,” they said refuting the charges that Asif was killed in militants’ firing.

“Neither he was killed by militants nor did he die due to tear-smoke shelling. He was shot dead by government forces when protesters pelted stones on them,” Sanaullah Tantray, the father of the slain youth said.

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