Slain cop in Kashmir wrote four-and-a-half years ago on Facebook: ‘What’s going to happen to me the first night in my grave?’

A haunting poem about first moments in the grave, written by a policeman slain in Anantnag yesterday, memorialises his life and hopes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2017 6:51 pm
feroz dar, anantnag, militant attack kashmir, jammu kashmir attack Firoz Dar, one of the six policemen killed in militant ambush in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir

“Think about the moment your body is being washed and prepared to your grave. Think about the day people will be carrying you to your grave. And your families crying,” the poem on Feroz Dar’s Facebook wall read.

32-year old slain Sub-Inspector Feroz Ahmed Dar was lowered into his grave Friday night in his family’s ancient graveyard in Dogripora village in Pulwama district with many a tearful farewell from his village and police department. Villagers had queued up in front of the house to pay their condolences as the family struggled to come to terms with their loss.

About four and a half years ago on January 18, 2013, a younger Dar had mused in a Facebook post about the final moments in which a body is surrendered to its grave, bereft of everyone and everything, except its own deeds. “Just imagine…yourself in your grave. Down there in that dark hole…Alone”, he had written — haunting words that came true Friday. Dar and five other personnel were killed in Anantnag’s Achabal area on Friday in an ambush by militants suspected to belong to Lakhkar-e-Taiba.

Nicknamed as dabang (daring) and one-man-army by his friends, Dar earnestly cherished the dream of a return to peaceful times that have long eluded Kashmir. On March 8, 2013 he wrote, “Oh! God when will be the day we see normal Kashmir”.

Dar’s batchmate Sunil Sharma posted his picture and recalled the lyrics of a song in memory of those martyred in war:

His batchmates and colleagues also recalled their association with Dar and said he was a god-fearing man and a true Muslim who offered prayers five times a day.

policemen killed, jammu kashmir police, militant attack anantnag Respects are paid to the six policemen, including Feroz Dar, slain in the ambush with militants in Anantnag on Friday, June 16. Source: Facebook, DIG of Police, South Kashmir

Swayam Prakash Pani, Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir wrote on his official Facebook page, “My sun always sets to rise again…..RIP. The officer whom everybody loved and who could get the support and respect of everybody around will always be in our hearts. This inhuman act will be punished and punished suitably. Condolences for all the men that we lost today”, along with photos of the slain policemen and their biers wrapped in the Tricolor.

Dar is survived by both his parents, wife Mubeena Akhtar, two daughters Addah and Simran, aged 6 and 2 respectively and also by his dream of a peaceful Kashmir.

(Written with PTI inputs)

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    Chirdeep Dhawan
    Jun 18, 2017 at 9:40 am
    Rip to the brave soldier with a heart of gold.
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      ck
      Jun 18, 2017 at 2:32 am
      Grate unfortunate, pray for other to be safe, let the concerned come to solve the problem before the tassel expands, There will be no solution to declare each other terrorist. Attention on key problem shall be addressed early so that killing are not expand
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        Mohammad Dar
        Jun 18, 2017 at 1:08 am
        And insult to the noble name of Dar, he sold his hear after , honor and dignity for few miserable rupees, and earned shame for his future generation, by extending his hand, to the hogs of hinduis terrorism, to the hyenas of hinduism occupation of , noble land of Islam Kashmir, hindu terrorist indians, never to be remembered again, as part of the body of the Muslims and Islam,
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          John Joseph
          Jun 18, 2017 at 1:26 am
          SO who is selling what in Ppaakistan when daily b0mb blasts happens all over the world and all due to epicenter of terrorism which is PPaakkistan. One of these days your Sunni sect will be banned.
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            Mohammad Dar
            Jun 18, 2017 at 2:29 am
            Keep on dreaming hog of hinduism immorality, Christian, Islam is on the move to eradicate hind crime of hinduism immorality, called christianity, to fool humanity.
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            Venkat Pokkunuri
            Jun 18, 2017 at 4:28 am
            Pg hostorically, morally, religiously, Up to afghanistan belongs to Bharat Islam was the religion of invaders from central asian republics. so, whole pakistan will be take back under Bharat flag just matter of time.dont break your head too much.the names, srinagar, Anantnag all confirm the Hindu ancestry.
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              Ramesh Nittoor
              Jun 18, 2017 at 4:31 am
              You have a beautiful name Mr. Mohammad Dar, and hope one day you will be able to transcend hate and suffering inflicted by this brother hurting and killing brother. Honor and dignity is not an outcome of loyalty, its source is truth and human values. On Indian side, it is a more difficult fight, which calls for patience, mental stability, thoughtfulness, courage, suffer pain, both mental and physical, for India seeks to heal and unite, not hate and divide. Its scientific and modernistic society is based on common law which distills wisdom of all religions and secular thoughts which exposes limitations and freedom restrictions in practices of various religions. The finer poetic sensibility of Mr. Dar who at a very young age imagined his transcendence will not be in vain if you are able to feel for him and think beyond the state of rage and hate, as only a fellow brother can.
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              Nishant
              Jun 18, 2017 at 12:30 am
              Youngsters from valley have a little or no idea what terrorism and violence does to oneself. 1. Path istan has 1 percent pass rate in its technical colleges. Even if one is lucky to enroll, 99 percent can not even read or write what is expected of them. 2. If one is able to pass, the national employment rate is 5 or perhaps 10 percent. 3. There is no scope for children in studies, as they will never find a job, and thus all politicians and rich people have their children outside the country. 4. There is no healthcare of any standard. Doctors who are highly trained, do not want to stick around in that corrupt country. That's why people beg to get Indian visas for treatment, even if Path istan is busy training other children as terrorists. 5. It is easy to become a terrorist and a beast there, rather than remain a human. They have no concept of true azaadi, as one can see what they have done with their own. 6. They are not ashamed to sell or gift their lands to China to get weapons
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                Mohammad Dar
                Jun 18, 2017 at 1:12 am
                hinduism absurdity of a hog of hinduism immorality, hindu crook of hindracstan india, living by the hind lie of hinduism immorality till the hindu miserable end of their hinduism immoral life, being a believer of hindu criminal manifesto of hinduism racism by faith, pretending to be human being, a hindu filthy dilemma of hindu miserable life of a hindu filthy hyena of hindrastan, inda, in human form.
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                  Nishant
                  Jun 18, 2017 at 4:14 am
                  Thanks for showing your mind...can not find its worth even with a recycler !
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                VT
                Jun 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm
                RIP braveheart. Your dream of peaceful Kashmir will become a reality soon. Fellow Indians, do we know any way of contributing to the police men's families ?
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                  Kiran Prakash Gupta
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm
                  Today is red letter day for persons like rahul,lalu,kejri,mamta,yachuri,raja,mamta,sharad,abdullah and NGOs because India lost a brave and patriotic officer
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                    Kiran
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm
                    Kuch aur naam bachha hai kya bey
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                    Tushar
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm
                    RIP with tears my brother .. Being a Dad I can imagine the loss pain what your kids are baring now .. May Allah accept all your deeds and you are the real shaheed who fought for ur mother land .. And Those unfaithful ba strds who have no concern towards humanity will definitely face it's consequences Jai Hind
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                      George Cruz
                      Jun 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm
                      Feroz Ahmed Dar fought for the country, brave policeman, and unfortunately a few Kashmir Sunni Muslim separatists should be held responsible for his death. The truth is that the terror/killing will continue as long as the terror groups like the Hurriyat/LeT are supported/financed by the NC leaders like Abdullah's in the J K as well as the opposition parties like the congress, the communists, the TMC, etc for Muslim vote banks. The reality is the J K is and has been an integral part of India since the 1947 and the Indian citizens would never allow or accept another Islamic Caliphate in the Kashmir Valley because the India has suffered terror/killing by the Islamic Caliphate Pak carved out of greater India in 1947 because the Muslims hated India/Hindus.
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