Surrounded by Kamla forests in Badipora village in this south Kashmir's sub- division is a distraught family in mourning. On Saturday morning, their sole bread winner, Suhail Nabi Bhat, had left for his duty, but was killed on the same evening when unidentified gunman attacked a police party in Mirbazar on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
The 23-year-old Suhail, according to his brother Tajamul Nabi Bhat, was working in Ramky since two years.
"He was our lone bread-winner. We are completely shattered. Why doesn't anyone resolve this Kashmir dispute once and for all? Today, it is my brother, tomorrow it could be someone else's," Tajamul laments.
Inside the small two-storey house is Suhail's devastated mother Shareefa Bano, along with her neighbor women consoling her by saying "Keep patience, Suhail has gone to meet his Lord." Nobody in the house is speaking amid the cries of Suhail's parents and neighbors.
Suhail is survived by his parents and two younger brothers.
His father Ghulam Nabi Bhat was a carpenter who left carpentry after his acute illness. "All the responsibilities of our family were on Suhail's shoulders," says his father Bhat.
According to his neighbors Suhail supported his poor family. "He would bear the expenditure of medicines of his parents and studies of his siblings," his neighbors said.
They said he was working hard to construct a new house and was trying his best to take his family out of poverty.
The whole village is in a state of shock. "He offered prayers five times a day and was known for reciting Quran beautifully," said a neighbor amid sobs.
His colleagues in Ramky remember him as a dedicated worker. "We lost an asset in him. He never shirked from work. We request government to provide compensation to the deceased family" they said.
Suhail, a supervisor in Ramky, was a post-graduate in Sociology.
He was eldest of the two siblings—Tajamul Nabi Bhat (an under-graduate student at GDC Tral) and Nasir Nabi Bhat (a 12th class student).
On early Sunday, Suhail was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at Badipora Hari. Hundreds of people participated in his funeral, amid tears and sobs.
At Suhail's residence, everyone was in tears. Hundreds of people including the employees working in Ramky visited the bereaved family to express their condolences.
His parents and siblings, however, couldn't be consoled by anyone.