Slain militant said no to home coming calls
Shopian: The engineering student turned militant, Aabid Nazir Chopan was among the four militants killed in Shopian encounter on Tuesday.
Aabid, son of Nazir Ahmad Chopan of Padderpora Shopian an engineering student at Soldiers Engineering College Jalandar was killed in Nadigam village of Shopian who according to the family didn’t pay heed to the requests made by them asking him to return home after he joined the militant ranks.
Nazir Ahmad, who is also general secretary of State Chopan Welfare Association said that “we repeatedly urged him to return home but he rejected our pleas.”
Aabid left home on April 17 his year without informing the family about his plan to join the militant ranks, he said, adding that “I think he changed his mind to join the militant ranks after he joined the funerals of four local militants including three of his native village on April 1st.”
After participating in funerals of militants, Aabid was changed completely and remained silent often at his home upto 17th April, he said, adding that he was never inclined towards militancy and was never arrested before joining the militant ranks.
“We tried hard to change his decision but failed,” he said, adding that Aabid was a great student from very beginning.
Abid has left behind one brother, three sisters among them one is mentally challenged besides his parents, said one of his relative.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in last rites of slain Aabid at Padderpora, his native village where he was laid to rest after multiple rounds of funeral prayers.