With tears rolling down his cheeks, Mushtaq’s ailing father, a chronic heart patient, said my son had nothing to do with militancy. “His disappearance is unbearable for me. We have not seen him all these years nor has his body been shown to us. It is very difficult for my younger son to manage the household affairs. I and my wife have to purchase medicines worth thousands of rupees a month,” he said.
Regoo said the family has been going from pillar to post to trace out the boy but had failed to get any information. “We even lodged a missing report in the police station, Shaheed Gunj, but there has been no response ever since. Due to lack of money, we could not even file a petition in the court. We are a family of six, living in two rooms,” he said.
“My brother used to take care of the entire family. On the fateful day, he had recovered from 10 day illness due to Typhoid; he went to the shop never to return,” Mushtaq’s sister, Afroza, holding his photograph, told Greater Kashmir, adding, “We even don’t know whether he is alive or dead.”
With moist eyes, she said, “After Mushtaq’s disappearance, many policemen and CRPF personnel barged into our house for frisking. They told us they had got information that Mushtaq is at his home. Some of them said he had crossed the border to join militant outfits there.”
Mushtaq’s mother is not able to talk and falls unconscious on being asked about her missing son.
Source Greater Kashmir (FAHAD SHAH)