ALTAF BABA, Wagoora (Baramulla) “I will follow you soon. How can I afford to leave you alone. Who will take care of you in the grave?,” shouted Rafiqa Bagum, mother of Danish Rasool (19) when the coffin was being taken to graveyard here.
Danish was killed in pellet firing by police on Friday in Sopore. He received multiple injuries in his throat and heart. His first funeral prayers were offered at Batpora Sopore on Friday evening and then two funerals were held at Wagoora, attended by about 20,000 people.
The killing has shocked the entire area of Mungam-Wagoora and witnessed one of the biggest funeral processions on Saturday morning.
As the body was being taken for last rites, Danish’s three sisters and mother Rafiqa were inconsolable. They fainted en route the graveyard. Danish was the second of the six siblings. His father is a Government employee in Public Health Engineering department.
“He along with his two friends was at the brick kiln of his paternal aunt near the MET School Sopore when police lobbed pellets at them,” relatives said.
Since Saturday morning, mourners in thousands were anxiously waiting for arrival of the body. His friends termed him loving boy. “Danish would never leave his friends alone. He was the most passionate and loving boy of our village who never raised his head in front of elders,” said Jahangir Ahmad, a friend of Danish.
Danish is the second victim of the ongoing conflict after his grandfather Ghulam Hassan Mir – who was severely tortured by Army and Government gunmen in late 90s. “Severe torture and damage to his kidneys deteriorated his health and he died at his home in 2003. His grandmother, Khurshi Begum, died due to heart attack the next day after her husband’s death in 2003,” said Nissar Ahmad Mir, Danish’s cousin.