Mystifying Episode that Ends 23 Days of Elusive Search   

Saima Rashid



Faizan Malik
Faizan Malik

It was Sunday—May 10, when a teenager Faizan Malik of Sonwar along with his friend, Haseeb Bhat of Khanyar slipped into Jhelum in old city’s Zaina Kadal area. And since then, the water body wouldn’t give anyone clue of his—until Wednesday, exactly 23 days after the duo drowned, when Faizan’s body was ‘miraculously’ fished out in Parimpora area of Srinagar—shortly after his already dug grave became the final resting place for someone else in Sonwar!

On May 22, after the body of another drowned boy, Haseeb Bhat was retrieved from Jhelum, Faizan’s parents had prepared grave for their son in anticipation to give him a hassle-free burial upon finding. However, the grave wouldn’t become the resting place of Faizan for another following 11 days.

Early this morning, however, a ‘pious’ old lady passed away in Sonwar. And shortly, Zaiba, lovingly called as ‘Maamyn’, replaced Faizan—when she was lowered into the grave meant for him. Among the mourners was Faizan’s father, waiting for the similar moment.

Roughly 30 minutes after the burial of Maamyn, locals at Parimpora fished out a body from Jhelum. Police were called up—who dialled the number of Faizan’s father, telling him: “Look, we have retrieved a body from Jhelum. Come over and see, if he is your son, or not?”

The father swiftly went for identification and shortly spotted the swollen body of his son—declared successful last week, securing 347/500 marks in Class 10th.

Meanwhile, at Sonwar graveyard, the mourners waiting for another burial of the day were talking in whispers: “Isn’t it intriguing—a grave meant for someone else became the final resting abode for other. And all of the sudden: the weary search comes to an end?”

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