‘My son died for freedom not money’
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, Oct 12: Death of their eldest son Suhail Yaseen Dar, 15, in police and paramilitary CRPF firing during the present unrest has shattered the dreams of Muhammad Yasin Dar and his wife Maryam, who wanted to make him a computer engineer.
Suhail was Yaseen’s eldest son and was studying in Vision Public School Hyderpora. He was a meritorious student and had passed his exams with good marks.
“Our son didn’t let us down and scored over 90 per cent marks in his previous classes. We were waiting for the day when he would become an engineer,” Yaseen told Greater Kashmir.
“I brought computer and other electronic gadgets as he was interested in it from childhood, but his death snatched our dreams forever,” he added. Recalling the fateful day, he said that his son had left home early morning to participate in the Eidgah march on August 3.
“He too joined procession and when they reached near Fairdeal motors at Parimpora, the police resorted to indiscriminate firing on them. The procession was peaceful and there was no stone pelting or provocation from protesters. I was shocked to hear that bullet had hit him. I him rushed to SMHS where he was battling for life for more than 5-hours and succumbed later to injuries,” he added.
Quoting eyewitnesses and doctors, he said that Suhail was fired upon from a close range.
“After being hit by a bullet from just five metres range, he lost one major vessel and got multiple gut proliferations,” Yaseen quoted doctors as having told him.
The family has also rejected compensation of Rs 5 lakh offered by the government to the families of civilians killed in ongoing agitation.
“My son sacrificed life for Azadi and not for money .How can I sell his blood by accepting compensation money from government,” he said.
“We want punishment for the killer cops and no amount of money can return us him back,” he added.
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