J-K: 15-yr-old who picked up gun, didn’t respond to father’s appeal to return, killed in Valley encounter

A Class XI student, Farhan had left home on the afternoon of June 14 for his Physics tuition, and did not return. A fortnight later, police told his family that Farhan had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: January 10, 2018 6:55 am
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Ever since her 15-year-old son, Farhan Wani, left home in June last year to join the Hizbul Mujahideen, Gowhar Jan would start to pray whenever she heard about an encounter. Her worst fear came true on Tuesday, when Farhan was killed in an encounter in Pehlipora village of Anantnag district in South Kashmir.

Confirming this, a police spokesman said, “A Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist was killed in an encounter with Kokernag police and security forces in Pehlipora village of Larnoo area… (He) was identified as Farhan Wani, a resident of Khudwani, Kulgam.”

A Class XI student, Farhan had left home on the afternoon of June 14 for his Physics tuition, and did not return. A fortnight later, police told his family that Farhan had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Gowhar’s husband, Ghulam Mohammad Wani, a school teacher, then posted a message, in English, on Farhan’s Facebook wall. “My dear son, since you left us, my body has started to betray me. I am screaming of the pain which you have given and still believe that you will come back home… I don’t want to die but am not left with any choice. I am sorry. You will have a lot to learn but I will not be there to teach you, to scold you, to help you,” he wrote.

Wani, 52, hoped that his message would bring back his “brilliant” son, who scored 9.6 CGPA in his Class X exams. “About your mother, she loves you more than anybody else in this world. She didn’t mind going through the pain of giving you birth because somebody told her you will be there to lift her coffin on her death. Dear son, we request you to come back and start again, and we will help you in every manner, otherwise the path which you have chosen will not lead you to anywhere other than pain, stress and betrayal, and maybe the time will come that you come back and never see us again,” he wrote.

Farhan didn’t respond to his father’s call, but Gowhar didn’t lose hope. Speaking to The Indian Express last month, she said she cooked Farhan’s favourite chicken dish every few days, and did not let other family members touch it. After putting it in the fridge for a couple of days, she would reluctantly serve it to the family. Then she would make chicken all over again. “When he returns,” she said, “there should be something he likes to eat.”

“They (security forces) have promised that there will be no cases against Farhan,” Wani had told The Indian Express at their double-storey home in the village, about 30 km from where Farhan, the youngest of his three children, was killed today.

Meanwhile, police said they launched a cordon-and-search operation in Pehlipora village following intelligence inputs that militants had gathered there. While Farhan was the lone militant killed, three other miltants are reported to have escaped.

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  1. Vijay Jangam
    Jan 10, 2018 at 7:19 pm
    So why don’t you pimps at IE observe a month of mourning and shut up? Or better still, pick up the gun in place of this piglet who you are trying to make a hero. Go to Kashmir, get gunned down and join him. India will be a cleaner place without pieces of like you posing as journalists! 😏
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    1. Krish Jan
      Jan 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm
      Why all this whining IE. you want still want to fool rest of India about the peaceful religion... You know, i know a Kashmiri pandit woman who still makes malai kofta after 25 years for her son who will never return... Because he was killed by your loving Kashmiri jihadi muslims
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      1. Pankaj Malhotra
        Jan 10, 2018 at 5:29 pm
        It is painful.........these bloody pakistanis are destroying the innocent kashmiris....o my dear fellow kashmiri brothers ....please wake up now ..forget n forgive ...lets live a prosperous n happy life
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        1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
          Jan 10, 2018 at 2:47 pm
          Sword Of Truth The Black Stone is the Shiv Emblem (also known as Sange Aswad which is a corrupted form of the Sanskrit word Sanghey Ashweta--meaning non-white stone) still survives in the Kaba as the central object of Islamic veneration. All other Vedic Idols could be found buried in the precincts or trampled underfoot in labyrinthine subterranean corridors if archaeological excavations are undertaken.The famous Black Stone is none other than the ShivLing of Makkeshwar alias Mecca. Lord Shiva is always shown with a crescent Moon on his head and every Shiva temple is supposed to have a sacred water spring representing the Ganges. The Crescent Moon pinnacle of the Kaba and the Zamzam spring (actually Zamza from Ganga) are irrefutable testaments to the Vedic origins of the Kaba,---Jai hind.
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          1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
            Jan 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm
            Hindu King VIKRAMADITYA found to be written on a golden dish hung outside the KAABA.Muhammad was said to be born in the full light of history but the earliest document about him came 150 years later, casting doubt his very birth, earlier versions of Koran have conflicting views on his birth, several sects of Islam also suggest different dates. Long before Islam came in to existence, Kaaba, in Mecca in Saudi Arabia was a pilgrimage site. The word Kaaba came from the Tamil Language which originated around 1700BC. In Tamil Nadu Kabaalishwaran temple is Lord Shiva’s temple and Kabaali refers to Lord Shiva. The black stone at Kaaba is Shiva Lingam and Kaaba is a Hindu temple.,--------MAKHATAB--E-SULTANIA--SAYAR-UL-OKUL:::PAGE 315---------jai hind
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