Slain cop’s family says they have lost their only hope
Anantnag: The family members of slain Special Police Officer (SPO) Bilal Ahmed of Malikpora Verinag are yet to come to terms with life after his death.
Bilal Ahmad son of Mohammad Abbas Shah of Malikpora Verinag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district was killed on Tuesday in a militant attack near Bijbehara.
The killing has left his family, relatives and neighbours shattered as locals remember him as a decent human being who was loved by one and all in his village.
“I received a call on Tuesday afternoon informing us to come to Bijbehara hospital as Bilal has been injured in an attack at Bijbehara,” said Mohammad Abbas father of slain cop.
“I along with my wife immediately rushed to Bijbehara hospital however, we were asked to go to district police line Anantnag and upon reaching DPL Anantnag we saw that our world had changed as our son lay dead at the DPL,” said Shah.
“Bilal was my only son and I ask those who killed him that why are they sparing us. They should come and kill us all as we cannot bear to live without our son Bilal,” moaned Shah as tears rolled down his cheeks.
Inside the small two-storey house is Bilal’s devastated mother, Saleema Bano, being consoled by the women who live in the neighborhood.
“Just two years back Bilal got an opportunity to work with the police. He chose to join as he wanted to get the family out of the poverty we were facing. All the responsibilities of the family were on his young shoulders and he wanted to share them at an earliest,” said Bano.
“Bilal would take care of his ailing grandmother as he used to but her all the medicines she needed. He was funding his sisters studies and would often tell us that he will construct a new house for his parents,” said Bilal’s friend and neighbour.
“He was trying his best to take his family out of hardships they were facing and he was working hard to achieve all this,” he added.
“The family has lost all hope. He was the back bone of the family and was the only earning member. His death has destroyed the whole family and the entire village is in a shock,” said a village resident, Nadeem Ahmad.
“At the end of the day it is a Kashmiri who is being killed,” he said while demanding an end to ongoing killings in Kashmir.
Bilal, is survived by his parents, an unmarried sister and an ailing grandmother.