Fayaz Ahmad Waza of village Nikloora in Pulwama was working as a laborer in a private pencil manufacturing factory to feed his family. He fell to the bullets of forces during clashes in Litter Pulwama on July 10, 2016.
According to his family, the attendants were not spared even when the body of Fayaz was in their lap in the ambulance.
Fayaz (26), son of Muhammad Shaban Waza, a baker by profession, is survived by his four month-old son Junaid, wife Meema, three younger brothers and parents.
According to locals and the family, Fayaz was targeted by forces and killed even when he was not present in the clashes. "Clashes erupted near and other side of a bridge in Litter village less than one kilometer from here. As Fayaz did not see his brothers at home, he rushed towards Litter for their look," Muhammad Shaban, father of Fayaz said.
"As he reached near the bridge, he tried to find out from a distance if his brothers were in the gathering. In the meantime, forces from other side of the bridge directly fired on him leaving him in a pool of blood. He was hit in abdomen," locals and family recalled.
"We took him in a SUMO vehicle to Zainapora hospital, three kilometers from here, wherefrom he was immediately shifted to Bijbehara hospital.
At Bijbehara, he was referred to SMHS hospital. We took him in an ambulance to SMHS where the doctors declared him brought dead," Mudasir, brother of Fayaz said.
"On return, when we reached near Pampore, forces personnel stopped us and boarded into the ambulance. They beat us all ruthlessly and tried to drag the dead body. But we managed to cover the body fully," he said.
As the dead body reached Nikloora, thousands of people including men, women and children assembled and held pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. He was laid to rest in the evening and thousands attended his funeral procession.
"My son was working in a pencil making factory to support the family.
He worked very hard for us. He was humble, passionate and loyal," his father Muhammad Shaban said.
"Our son was killed in cold blood. I did not lodge any case because none can bring back my son. Only the parents know the pain of losing their son," he said with tears rolling down his cheeks.
"He was very humble and everyone loved him in the village. We don't believe even today that he is dead because we all loved him" Gulam Qadir, a neighbor said.
As this reporter was talking to the family, Naseema, mother of Fayaz was crying continuously with four-month-old Junaid, the son of Fayaz, in her lap. All she could utter was "can anyone bring my loving son back?"
Nikloora village is 16 kilometers from Pulwama district headquarters.