Bilal Ahmad Dar, 35, fed his two daughters and left home to make some purchases on the evening of September 12, a day before Eid, never to return.
A laboratory technician in District Hospital Anantnag (Islamabad) Dar, a native of Malakhnag area of Anantnag town, died during a grenade attack on policemen near Sherbagh police post. At least 14 people including six cops were injured in the attack.
"A day before Eid during relaxation hours in the evening markets opened in the town and people started making necessary purchases. Bilal as usual fed his two daughters and left to make some purchases," said his elder brother Zahoor Ahmad.
He said that after learning that Bilal has been taken to district hospital in injured condition, they too rushed there. However, after some time he succumbed to his injuries.
Bilal, officials maintain, died due to grenade blast but family says he had a deep wound in chest probably sustained after being hit by a bullet or pellets from very close range. "He also had injuries in abdomen," they said.
However, the medical report of the deceased says: Bilal was brought to the hospital at around 8 PM as a case of alleged blast injury with splinter (pellet) injury to left side of chest (precordium), head, face, abdomen with bleeding from mouth and nose and expired at 8:35 PM."
People in large numbers turned up to offer his funeral prayers with every one grieving over his death. Whosoever knew him vouched for his innocence, honesty, humble and philanthropic nature.
"I have not come across a person so down to earth and pious as him, he was an asset and his death is a big loss to this place," said his neighbor Aadil Sheikh.
Sheikh said that Bilal used to do lot of charity work had also dedicated his services to a local voluntary organization – Syed-U-Saadat Trust, working as its welfare secretary.
"He was an asset and his death is a huge loss."
Bilal, according to his colleagues, during present uprising worked tirelessly in the hospital attending injured. "He used to report to hospital early morning and leave late in the night," said one of his colleagues.
His family said Bilal used to say that serving the needy particularly in the tough times was equivalent to worship.
"The hospital authorities had deep regard for his abilities. Even when Bilal was battling for his life he got a call from Medical Superintendent (MS) who wanted him to be in the hospital," said his brother Zahoor.
"I picked up his phone only to convey the MS that Bilal is already in the hospital, but battling for life. This left the MS shocked."
Besides his parents, Bilal is survived by wife Rubeena Jan, two daughters – one a class 2nd student and other in nursery.
A post-graduate in Islamic studies, he worked on contractual basis for 8 years in National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and his services were regularized only 2 months back.
"He was a gem of person and had lot of knowledge about both worldly and religious affairs," say his friends.