Waseem Ahmad Lone was having little relaxed time after a long and hectic month he was busy in preparations for marriage of her sister. He was the main responsible person for making all the arrangements of marriage in home the way he used to shoulder all other responsibilities at home from earning the livelihood to farming fields to managing household affairs.
It was due to relaxed time at home that Waseem after Friday prayers went to help his uncle in paddy harvesting at fields where he felt to a forces bullet on Friday later afternoon, 'fired without any provocation' according to his relatives.
The 22-year-old Waseem, according to his paternal uncle Abdul Rashid Lone, was working in paddy field with some others, when at 5.30 pm Army vehicles passed through the area. "The Army vehicles stopped near the fields, while some of the personnel were getting down and suddenly one of the Army man while offloading from army vehicle lost his balance and fell. Witnessing this closely, Waseem had a laugh, which irritated the Army Jawan and in a fit of anger he fired a single shot from his gun which straight way hit him (Waseem) on his back, and he fell down at the very movement," said Nazir, adding, "We immediately rushed him to Baramulla District hospital, however, he couldn't survive. "The convoy people were stoned by some youths at AzadGunj Baramulla before the incident and it is was revenge of that incident only which costs Waseem his life".
"With the killing of Waseem, forces snatched the only bread earner of his family, said his maternal uncle Muhammad Shafi.
Waseem is survived by his old parents, two sisters and two younger brothers. One of his brothers is disabled.
"All the responsibilities of the family were on Waseem's shoulders," said Shafi. "Before leaving for Friday prayers, Waseem checked stock of rice at home and assured his mother that he will purchase more supplies in a day or two. Hardly knowing that soon she has to see Waseem's coffin."
Waseem according to his relatives belonged to a poor family and used to manage the daily affairs of his home.
"He took family responsibility at a younger age and later left studies at Class 12. He couldn't manage his studies as he has to devote his time towards family management," said Shafi.
Shafi said two weeks before Waseem married off his sister Nageena making all the arrangements himself and the family was in a jubilation mood, which suddenly turned into mourning yesterday due to his death.
Nageena, being consoled her friends and relatives, who have gathered around her, hysterically shouts. "Look at that suitcase, see how delicately he has packed my stuff. He has promised me that he will accompany me and will take care of each sequence of events post marriage," she shouts. Nageena was supposed to return her in-laws house on Thursday evening as she has come to her father's house after seven days of marriage to stay for few days as per Kashmiri tradition.
Waseem, according to his uncle was not just busy in taking due care of his family only, but he was also working hard to change the fortunes of the family and was trying his best to take his family out of poverty.
"He was not only working in fields but was also driving a tractor for making some more money and was planning to become a fruit trader," says his uncle, sighing, "unfortunately his dream of living a comfortable life remained unfulfilled."
In Waseem's death his maternal uncle had not only lost a nephew but his team mate and a good friend as well.
"He was not only my nephew but a good friend. He was privy to my all secrets be it family matter or something related to my personal life," he said.
Waseem, his uncle said was the open batsman of his team and was good at keeping as well. "I am captain of my cricket team and he used to play as opener of my team."
Waseem, according to locals was very social and a disciplined guy. "He had a vast friend circle and he used give respect to poor people," said one of the companions of Waseem amid sobs.
On the eve of marriage ceremony of his sister, Waseem despite living in poor conditions bought three suits for his mother and told her nobody will buy suits for her if he died.
"After her mother saw three suits, she argued with him asking him why he bought three suits. He very strangely told her that no one will bring these dresses for her if he dies some day," recalled his uncle.
The death of Waseem has left a deep void in the family particularly his little sister Sabiya who was habitual of demanding chocolates from her brother.
"Everyday Waseem would come and handover a chocolate for his little sister and make her smile. Now I am worried about who will bring back smile on her face," said Nazir Ahmad Lone, father of Waseem.