“Waiting for Paternal Love”- Militant Killed in Pulwama Leaves Behind One-Year old Ayesha

June 07

Jahangeer Ganie

Four Militants two Policemen were killed when an encounter raged between Militants in Panjran area of  Pulwama district in South kashmir.

A top Police official confirming the killing to The Kashmiriyat said that they had received inputs about the deserter Policemen hiding in the Panjran area after which Forces including 44 Rashtriya Rifles of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force jointly launched a cordon and search operation on Thursday afternoon.

One of the slain Militant was identified as Imran Ahmed Bhat of Arihal in Pulwama district who is the father of a one year old girl who had been waiting for paternal love for the past few months since her mother died, and her father went missing immediately.

With father being killed in Pulwama encounter and mother already dead, one year-old baby girl has been left on mercy of Almighty and her relatives in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Ayesha, a year-old daughter of Imran Ahmad Bhat of Arihal village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district doesn’t know anything about her parents.

She has been crying since his father has left home as she according to his paternal aunt was very much attached to his father after her mother’s death, “From last 15 days whenever Ayesha sees anybody, she starts crying and it takes an hour to console her,” her Aunt told The Kashmiriyat.

According to locals, mother of Ayesha died the last year after committing suicide while as his father is missing since early January. Imran Ahmad Bhat, son of Mohammad Yousuf Bhat of Arihal according to his family left home after he was arrested several times by forces and was ruthlessly beaten during the custody.

A militant was arrested by forces last year in Khrew area of Pampore in Pulwama district and from his possession a Sim card, which was on Imran’s name, was recovered following which Imran was arrested and beaten severely, they said.

Later, government forces resorted to ‘harassing’ him, asking for frequent visits to the camp where he was “beaten for alleged links with militants and also possessing ammunition,” they said.

They added that the frequent tortures had taken a toll on Imran following which he decided to join militant ranks, said his friend wishing not to be named. Belonging to a middle class family, Imran has left behind his one-year-old daughter, one brother and a sister besides his parents.

A police official confirmed that his missing report was filed by his family at Police Station Pulwama on last Monday and it is likely that Imran has joined militant ranks.

Pertinently, Imran is the cousin of Saqib Shafi Dar who along with his associate was killed in Khunmoh area of Pampore on 26th of this month, Imran’s photo appeared the last month on Social media announcing that he had joined Militant outfit, Jaish e Muhammad.

Yesterday (thursday) an encounter raged between Militants during which four Militants were killed.