After his father succumbed to cardiac arrest, 18-year-old Irfan Fayaz Wani’s family had looked to him for support. However, a year on, another tragedy struck.
On Sunday evening, a tear smoke shell fired by security forces killed Wani at Malarata in old Srinagar city.
Wani used to drive his father’s auto rickshaw to support his family —- comprising a widowed mother, a physically challenged brother and two teenage sisters.
A resident of Fateh Kadal, Wani had left his aunt’s house in Malarata to take an evening stroll on Sunday when the forces were withdrawing from their deployment after the day’s curfew. It was in these few minutes that the teenager died.
“The forces directly fired the tear gas shell towards him. It hit him near the heart. People usually come out in the evening when forces withdraw, and he too came out for some fresh air,” Muzamil Ahmad, his cousin, said. “It was a case of target killing.”
“Who killed my brother? Bring him to me. He was my everything,” Wani’s 17-year-old sister Samia said at their home.
Wani’s father Fayaz Ahmad died last year of a heart attack. Since then, Wani was the sole breadwinner of the family.
His elder brother Aijaz Fayaz (21) has a physical disability. Samia, his elder sister, left studies at an early age while another sister (14) studies in Class VIII.