Shopian, April 02:The death of one of the civilians in the shootout at Kachdoora in South Kashmir area Shopian has left a family devastated. He left behind a toddler and a young widow.
Mohammad Iqbal Bhat,30, a resident of Khasipora villge of Shopian, who died at SKIMS after he was hit by bullets near encounter site at Kachdoora on Sunday left behind an 18-month old
baby and a young wife. Iqbal was himself an orphan and had lost his father and mother 22 years ago when he was only 8-year old. After his parents death Iqbal was raised by his elder brother until he was married two years ago and started living separately.
Bilal Ahmad Bhat, elder brother of slain civilian, said that on Sunday morning Iqbal had left his home after informing his wife, Ruhi Jan, that he is visiting his in laws in Chatwatlan, a village that lied some distance from Kachdoora.
“Since a gunfight was in progress at Kacdoora so he opted to move through orchards,” he said, adding that “when my was moving to visit his in-laws he was hit with bullets.”
After Iqbal had received bullets, he was shifted by local residents to a hospital in Harmain. “Someone informed me on phone that Iqbal was hit with a bullet,” he said, adding that “ I rushed to the hospital to shift my injured
brother to SKIMS, but he was declared brought dead.”
He said that he had visited his in laws house to get some documents that were required for his regularization. Iqbal was working was a casual labourer in forest department.
His wife was wailing inconsolably. “He was my only companion and now with whom I would share my secrets,” she said, crying. The family she has lost a breadwinner. “ The death of my husband has made my 18 month old baby, Aiza Jan as an orphan,” she lamented.