17 years on, family still awaits relief

Srinagar, Oct 9: Seventeen years after Muhammad Ismail Dar was gunned down by troops in the indiscriminate firing at Nasrullahpora in Budgam on June 13, 1992, the family of the victim is yet to re...

Srinagar, Oct 9: Seventeen years after Muhammad Ismail Dar was gunned down by troops in the indiscriminate firing at Nasrullahpora in Budgam on June 13, 1992, the family of the victim is yet to receive any major compensation or relief from the government.
 Muhammad Ismail son of Abdul Rehman Dar, was among 11 persons killed in the incident and is presently survived by four children and wife. "Majority of the family members whose kin was killed in the firing have received relief in the form of employment and monetary benefits from the government, except us," Dar's family told Greater Kashmir adding the government paid only Rs 3000 during the last 17 years.
 The family comprising two sister and two sons are facing tremendous hardships as they are not able to make their ends meet. "My sons Firdous and Javaid and have left education and are currently working as daily wagers while the daughters Rubina and Sameena are still studying," the wife of the deceased, Shamima said.
 Recalling the horrific incident, Shamima who is suffering from thyroid disorder said, "A shootout between militants and army occurred in the nearby locality after which the army men entered the village and opened indiscriminate firing killing my husband, who was going to the market on the spot." She said the army faked her husband as a militant and identified him as Yawar Khan. "We lodged an FIR in Budgam police station. The then Tehsildar and SHO, Budgam investigated into the incident and designated my husband as a militant, which was totally false. We went to deputy commissioner's office and then secretariat, but nobody helped us," she said.
 She said the family of other victims had been provided employment.  "I was told that time my children are minor. Now they are mature to be employed and so I appeal the concerned authorities to provide job them as we have no source of income," she added.
 Dar's younger daughter, Rubina said, "To receive compensation, we have to spent money and the process is time consuming. Even the departments do not give accurate dates on which we have to receive the compensation amount. They just drag us from pillar to post."

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