Pulwama, May 29: On Sunday evening, Bilal Ahmad Ganie, a cab driver, broke his fast and left with his brother Mehraj-u-din in his Sumo vehicle for their poultry farm in the Dogam village of Kakapora, Pulwama. While he was there, a kilometer away militants attacked the Kakapora army camp, killing an army man. The attack happened at 9.50 pm and sometime around 10.30 pm the 25-year-old Bilal was found shot dead in his vehicle outside the poultry farm. At least six bullets had hit him. The family blames the army for the killing.
“Why they killed you my young groom,” his mother wails next to his body while his father Mohammad Ramzan Ganie caresses his hair. A little away his three sisters are distraught, struggling to comprehend how their brother is gone forever. Three kilometers away in the Trich village sits another anguished woman, Laali Jan, the young woman Bilal was to marry. As her final gesture of goodbye to the man she was to wed, Laali was waiting outside her home with a garland and when the ambulance was on its way to Kakapora through Trich she got a chance to garland his body for the last time.
Around 11 pm on Sunday Gulzar Ahmad, the elder brother of Bilal learnt through social media that he had been killed after militants attacked a 55 RR army camp in Kakapora
“Through social media, I came to know that he was killed in Dogam village and soon his image pockmarked with bullets started surfacing on facebook,” said Ahmad, adding that he fails to understand how he was killed in Dogam more than a km away from the RR camp.
Bashir Ahmad, a family friend and business partner of Bilal, said that as he heard about the firing, he called Bilal on his mobile phone around 10:20. An unknown voice answered the phone and said that some army men just fired indiscriminately on a sumo in Dogam and hung the phone.
“Army camp in Kakapora was attacked around 9:50p.m and he (Bilal) was killed almost half an hour after the attack and that too a kilometer away from the actual site where militants and forces exchanged the fire,” said a cousin of Bilal
As the dead body of Bilal reached the District hospital Pulwama around 12.am, Mehraj-u-din, who was accompanying Bilal, was missing.
“Mehraj-u-din returned home on Monday morning. He is unable to speak anything about the incident. Since morning he has passed out many times. We have admitted him to a hospital now,” said Bashir.
Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in the Pulwama town against his killing. All the business establishment, banks, government offices schools remained shut while transport was off the roads.