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We all died the day our son was killed, says slain cop’s family  

We all died the day our son was killed, says slain cop’s family  
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Kulgam: For the Thoker family of Chek-e-Hajin Kulgam the loss of their only bread earner has spelt doom for the entire family. The family got the shocking news on Friday last when their son Shameem Ahmad Thoker, a cop was shot dead by suspected militants in Budgam while he was on duty.

Shameem had joined Indian railways in 1996 and in 1998 he left the job to ‘serve’ his people and joined the Jammu and Kashmir police back home.

Shameem had been transferred to Budgam from Kulgam few months back. On Friday afternoon unknown gunmen attacked a police post guarding the minority community at Wadwan in Soibugh area of Budgam district. The attack left him critically injured, later succumbed to his injuries.

The police in its statement condemning the death of Shameem Ahmed said, “Shameem Ahmad was unarmed and was on way to offer Friday prayers at a local mosque in the vicinity.”

Shameem was one among the dozen odd policemen who were killed by suspected gunmen during the last few months.

“He was very honest and left the Railway job as he wanted to serve his people,” said Shameem’s brother.

“Nobody has ever raised a finger on Shameem’s honesty. He had never taken a bribe. He often used to talk about the conflict in Kashmir and expressed his dismay over the deaths happening in Kashmir,” he added.

Apart from being a good policeman, he was a great son too, said his brother.

“Shameem used to visit his home twice a month as our aged parents remain ill most of the time. He would make it a point to get all their requirements fulfilled,” he added

For Mohammad Sultan Thoker, father of slain constable Shameem Ahmad, the loss is irreparable.

“What was his crime, why was he killed. The killer should have thought about his children, before killing him. Who will feed these orphans now,” Sultan asked. We all died the same day, when my son was shot dead,” said amid sobs and shrieks.

Zoona begum the wailing mother of slain constable who is being consoled by women in a small tent was not even able to utter a word as the loss of her son has left her speechless.

“We were in Shopian for some domestic work and my husband called me frequently as the situation in Shopian was tense,” Gulshana Banoo, wife of the slain constable said.

She said that in the last phone call Shameem told her to be safe and he will call her back as he will go for Nimaaz.

“He was regular at praying and before he could offer his last Friday prayers, he was shot dead,” she said.

His neighbours also remember him as a humble and generous person. “He never spoke angrily or with raised voice to his anyone,” one of his neighbors said.

He added that Shameem was respected and admired by everyone in the vicinity for his innocence and humble nature.

Shameem is survived by ailing parents, his wife and three young children. His elder son Shahid Shameem is pursuing Graduation while another son MuneebSshameem is a student of Class 9th. His youngest son Saqib Shameem in studying in class 6th.

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