Two families lose lone bread earners in militant attack
An inconsolable Sajad Ahmad Wagey cannot forget his father’s last words to him.
“Papa, didn't you tell me to get the best bakery items and confectionery for Eid from Baramulla tomorrow, how can I buy it now?” Sajad said wailing.
As his relatives tried to console him in a dimly-lit room of a single-storey house at Wohlutra village of Rafiabad, Sajad, an arts graduate and the eldest among three siblings, kept wailing.
“Tell me who should I call now, we are lost, what shall I do without you now,” Sajad, an arts graduate, wailed over the body of his 47-year-old father Ghulam Hassan Wagey, who was killed when militants attacked police guards at the Pulwama Court Complex, killing two policemen, and injuring another.
Wagey, the lone breadwinner of a family of six, was posted at Pulwama for the past one year as a Selection Grade Constable.
He was earlier posted with former MLA Rafiabad, Javed Ahmad Dar.
Besides Sajad, Lone leaves behind two more sons, old-aged parents including paralyzed father, a wife and a disabled brother.
In the attack, another Selection Grade Constable Ghulam Rasool, son of Muhammad Afzal of Lolab, Kupwara was also killed.
The militants also decamped with service rifles of the slain policemen.
When the body of the slain policeman Wagey reached his ancestral village at around 10:30 on Tuesday, thousands of mourners gathered to have the last glimpse of the slain cop at Wohlutra village of Rafiabad.
Hundreds of wailing men, women and children turned up for the last rites of the constable.
The slain cop was laid to rest amid tears and sobs at his ancestral graveyard at Wohlutra Rafibabad with people claiming the slain cop as being people-friendly and helpful to all.
Locals said Wagey occasionally used to lead congregations prayers at a local Masjid of his village.
The relatives of the slain police constable appealed the government to look after his family as Hassan was the lone bread earner of the family.
Same scenes were witnessed at Gagal, Lolab, a remote village of Kupwara.
Some 30 km from Kupwara, when the body of the slain Selection Grade Constable Ghulam Rasool, son of Muhammad Afzal Lone of Lolab reached his ancestral village, Gagal Lolab, a pall of gloom descended on the village.
People in large numbers participated in the funeral prayers of the slain policeman.
The slain cop leaves behind a 28-year-old widow Halima Begum, a house wife, two son Azhar Rasool, 12, Basit Rasool 7 and daughter Misbah Rasool, 9, who studies in 4th standard at a local school.
While wailing over the body of the slain cop, relatives and locals of the village appealed the government and militants to stop the bloodshed in the Valley.
They also asked the government to help the widow her minor kids.