‘O my dear son, come home, your mother is waiting for you’

Every eye moistened as people in large numbers thronged to have the last glimpse of 18-year-old Yawar who was pumped with pellets into his abdomen and chest from a very close range by the government forces on Saturday afternoon while he was sitting on the bank of a canal.
‘O my dear son, come home, your mother is waiting for you’
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Every eye moistened as people in large numbers thronged to have the last glimpse of 18-year-old Yawar who was pumped with pellets into his abdomen and chest from a very close range by the government forces on Saturday afternoon while he was sitting on the bank of a canal.

His body was wrapped in a green shroud in the compound of their house while the forces lobbed shells and fired pellets on the funeral procession to stop it from proceeding towards a ground where his funeral prayers were planned.

"This is naked aggression as they are not sparing even the dead. His funeral is being showered with tear gas and pellets," the locals shouted- while carrying the coffin of Yawar back to his house.

At least six mourners sustained injuries in the forces action while three were detained.

His father (Mushtaq Ahmad Dar) mother (Nargis Bano), sister and two brothers sitting by his side were inconsolable. People were jostling to see Yawar for one last time, kissing him on his face and forehead.

The shrieks of his wailing mother could be heard in the lawn as people around also broke down. "O my dear son, come home, your mother is waiting for you," his mother wailed as she fell unconscious and people around provided her water.

Nargis, managed to regain her consciousness in the lap of her wailing daughter. "Please  don't cry my mother. Let my brother sleep a while," screamed Yawars sister.

The locals were wailing saying they have lost their sole. "Who will play with us now," screamed the neighbouring girls.

Eyewitnesses and locals said Yawar was killed in 'cold blood' as there were "no protests or clashes in the area."

Narrating the incident, an eyewitness said: "On Friday evening, stone pelting was reported in the area on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Late night, forces clamped down on the village. They vandalized property and also damaged vehicles."

"Forces in large numbers barged into the village and started vandalizing property," said a local. "The vehicles parked in the lawns were also damaged."

They said: "The locals in order to prevent further raids put barricades near the entry points of the village. In the afternoon the police and the paramilitary forces started removing the barricades and forced their entry into the village in their vehicles from the Srinagar-Jammu Highway side. The furious police and the CRPF men smashed the window panes of the houses and also fired at the electric transformer damaging it completely".

They said that people who were outside their houses started to run for safety as the forces chased them in their vehicles. "Yawar who was sitting on the bank of Nadi canal near to a culvert was caught unawares.  Forces got down and fired pellets on him from a very close range. He fell down lying in a pool of blood," he added.

He was rushed to District Hospital-Anantnag, where doctors declared him bought dead.

"Yawar had multiple pellet injuries in his abdomen and chest," a doctor at DH-Anantnag told Greater Kashmir.

Yawar,  according  to his friends, started supporting the family soon after passing his 10th class examination. He was working in a private company (Mahindra), so is his elder brother while his sister and younger brother are students. His father runs a makeshift tea stall at Sumo and Taxi stand – Khanabal-Anantnag.

"He left his studies in order to support his father- who was finding it difficult to run the family with meagre income," said his friends with their eyes moist.

Yawar's funeral prayers were held late in the evening amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and later he was laid to rest amid wails and sobs.

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