SRINAGAR (J&K): Some heart wrenching scenes were witnessed in northern Kashmir after a civilian and a CRPF personnel were killed while three other paramilitary personnel were injured after militants attacked a checkpoint manned by CRPF at Model town area of Sopore on Wednesday morning. The slain civilian had his grandson with him and as the civilian died after being hit by bullets, his grandson was seen crying over his body.
The photos of the scene went viral on social media platforms like Facebook, with netizens expressing both anger and sorrow. While the images of the child evoked condemnation, people also raised questions about who captured the photos at the shootout site when no photojournalists were present at the spot.
Bashir Ahmed Khan, the 65-year-old civilian, took his grandson, Ayaad along early this morning from Srinagar to Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, where he was supposed to oversee the progress of construction work at one of his projects.
Being a contractor, Bashir was heading towards a construction site in Sopore but little did he knew that he will not return home alive.
His grandson had a miraculous escape. The little boy, perhaps trying to wake up his grandfather, could be seen sitting on the chest of his grandfather in one of the pictures that went viral on social media, which also shook entire Kashmir and made every eye moist.
At the Srinagar residence of the slain civilian, a pall of gloom descended on the family and entire locality. His daughter, who was visibly shocked and in grief, cried, “I want my father’s killers dead like they killed my father. Didn’t they see the little kid accompanying my father.”
Meanwhile, the slain man’s son alleged, “My father was dragged out of his vehicle and fired at.”
However, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sopore, Javaid Iqbal said that the slain main first saved his grandson and in between, he was hit by bullets. “There were many other vehicles stuck at the spot due to the attack. They left their vehicles behind and ran for cover. Unfortunately, one of the civilians was hit by bullets and died,” the SSP said.