Palhallan remembers Farooq on martyrdom anniversary

Srinagar, February 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Palhallan town of Baramulla district on the first martyrdom anniversary of a youth, Farooq Ahmad. Farooq Ahmad was killed on February 9, 2015, by Indian troops while he was watching a protest demonstration on the second anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s hanging by India in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in and around the town throughout the day and traffic was off the roads. Normal life was affected. Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in huge number in Palhallan and adjoining areas to thwart anti-India demonstrations. Even after passing of one year, people in the area and acquaintances of Farooq, a 10th class student, narrate events of that fateful day like it has happened yesterday.

Relatives of deceased while narrating the tragedy said that Farooq was not part of the protest but was watching protesters from a long distance. “Before the tragedy, in the afternoon at 3 pm on the day, Farooq took two apples in his hand and left home and was watching protest from a long distance but didn’t join them,” said Farooq’s cousin, Maryam, who was watching him from her home.

“It was around 4 pm a group of police and CRPF personnel entered the town and opened fire continuously. Farooq was injured along with two other persons. He was shifted to hospital but succumbed on the way,” she said. This was a target killing in which Farooq received three bullets, one on left arm and two on back shoulders, said Parvez Ahmad, his other cousin.

Parvez said, he was passionate about cricket and was a fast bowler. The friends in the village called him “Princy”. Meanwhile, Hurriyet leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, in a statement paid glowing tributes to Farooq Ahmed Butt on his martyrdom anniversary.

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