SCHOOL and college students, an engineer, a fledgling entrepreneur, a carpet weaver, an imam — this could well be the Kashmir Valley in a nutshell. But on Tuesday, they were among the 34 dead in firing by security forces to quell the protests that followed the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last Friday evening.
From a 16-year-old student to a 40-year-old farmer, The Indian Express tracks down the dead.
Imtiyaz Ahmad Mandoo, 30
Hailing from Nandpora Khanabal, in Anantnag, Imtiyaz was preparing for the marriage of his two sisters to be held next week. A salesman who went on to set up his own leather bag manufacturing unit, Imtiyaz got married last year and leaves behind a pregnant wife, parents and a brother, apart from the sisters.
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Aamir Bashir Khan, 22
Son of a retired government employee, Aamir was an engineer with a construction company. A resident of Verinag, he held a polytechnic diploma in engineering and was the youngest among three siblings, including a brother, who is a businessman, and a sister. Aamir’s mother is a homemaker while his father retired as a Stock Assistant in J&K’s Animal Husbandry Department.
Yasmeena Akhter, 20
A first-year BA student, Yasmeena hailed from Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam and was the daughter of an artisan who does embroidery to support a wife, two daughters and two sons. A neighbour said Yasmeena was killed when police opened fire on a procession at Damhal, considered as one of the most peaceful villages in the Valley.
Abdul Rashid Kumhar, 18
Abdul Rashid was forced to drop out of school last year, after completing Class 10 because his family could not afford higher education. He was the son of Abdul Gaffar, a potter, and had five brothers who work as manual labourers. His family members said he had left home at Check-e-Ranbirpora in Kulgam to purchase medicines when he was killed.
Khurshid Ahmad Mir, 28
Khurshid was killed in firing at Nehama in Kulgam. He was a carpet weaver and the younger of two brothers — the other is a Special Police Officer (SPO).
Feroz Ahmad Mir, 23
Feroz was an imam who used to lead prayers at Botengo, Anantnag. Last week, he had visited his home in Begam village of Kulgam for Eid when he was killed when security forces opened fire on protesters. Feroz was the sole breadwinner of the family comprising a father, four brothers and three sisters.
Irfan Ahmad Malik, 16
A resident of Wurvan in Newa Pulwama, Irfan was a Class 9 student and the son of Manzoor Ahmad Malik, a baker. He was killed on Sunday when security forces opened fire on protesters at Pulwama.
Bilal Ahmad Shan, 28
Bilal got married last year and became the father of a baby boy just last month. A resident of Ajru village, he was killed when security forces opened fire at Dooru. Shan worked for a private company engaged in the construction of the road tunnel in Qazigund.
Azad Ahmad Thoker, 40
A resident of Pudsoo village in Shopian, Azad was killed when security forces opened fire at Nehama in Kulgam. A farmer, he is survived by his wife and three children — two sons and a daughter. His eldest child is an 18-year-old college student.