After forces shot dead a young 20 year old student on the ominous evening of Ramazan 10 in the dusky village of Ganavpora in southern part of Kashmir’s Shopian district, Kashmir Life’s Bilal Bahadur drove to the village to record the scenes from the funeral that was swarmed by tens of thousands of mourners.
As forces laid a cordon in the village after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the village, they were confronted by civilian protestors, who were trying hard to help militants escape the siege.
Forces, after fighting ding-dong battles with the civilian protesters, fired bullets towards the protesters. It was then when a bullet pierced the abdomen of 20-year-old Aadil Farooq. Farooq succumbed on way to Hospital.
As the news spread, mourners began pouring in to the village to join the next morning’s funeral.
People from as far as Kulgam reached Ganavpora to pay tributes to the slain youth.
Aadil’s funeral saw an unexpectedly huge number of mourners, a trend usually expected in a militant’s funeral only.
As slogans reverberated in the air, the passions ran high in the skies of Ganavpora filled with overnight air of sadness.
Thousands of women thronged the funeral ground to pay homage to slain Aadil. They rallied alongside the men to the graveyard to see off Aadil.