ANANTNAG: On the evening of September 12 when some injured policemen and civilians were rushed to district hospital Anantnag, the officials in the hospital laboratory on night duty started phoning their colleague, Bilal Ahmad Dar, who had left the hospital at 4pm as usual. After getting no response to their repeated calls they gave up calling him and started attending to the injured.
Little did they know that their colleague was lying dead on a hospital bed.
“One of his colleagues came rushing to me while I was standing in the hospital ward and asked about Bilal. As I pointed towards his dead body lying on a bed, he was shell shocked,” said Bilal’s elder brother, Dr Zahoor.
Bilal was injured in a grenade attack hurled by unidentified persons on police station Sherbagh, a day before Eid-ul-Azha. He was pronounced “brought dead” at the hospital. Bilal was working as a laboratory technician in district hospital
Anantnag for the past six-seven years. His temporary job had been confirmed only eight months ago.
Survived by aged parents, wife, and two little daughters aged 7 and 3 years,
Bilal, according to his brother, had served the injured people during the ongoing uprising with all his spirit.
“For almost the entire first week of the uprising, he stayed at the hospital round the clock. He was highly dedicated and God-fearing,” Zahoor said.
Neighbours and colleagues remember him as a social worker. “He would devote his leisure time to social service. It was because of his spirit to serve the poor that he associated himself with a local ‘Syed-us-Saadat’ trust,” said his neighbour Showkat Ahmad.
Ahmad said, “Besides being humble and dedicated, Bilal was also very intelligent. He was an ardent reader of Islamic literature and other subjects. He was living his life according to Islam.”
Bilal’s brother Dr Zahoor said that such killings would continue to happen in Kashmir unless and until Kashmir issue is resolved. “India has been harsh in its approach to Kashmir. We appeal the world community to wake up and help in resolving this issue so that Kashmiris, too, can live their lives with peace,” Zahoor said.