Srinagar: 13 months and 21 days after Rifleman Shakir Manzoor was killed, the fallen soldier was given a ultimate salute and his burial with army honours gave his father – Manzoor Ahmad Wagay – closure after a year-long search to search out the physique of his lacking son.
Lots of of villagers attended the funeral because the Military held a wreath-laying ceremony. There have been emotional scenes because the physique reached Shakir Manzoor’s native village.
For greater than a 12 months his father had left residence each morning with shovels and spades to dig earth in try to search out his son’s physique. He at all times returned empty-handed.
Yesterday a decomposed physique was discovered by villagers at a nondescript place in J&Okay’s Kulgam space.
It was ultimately recognized by Wagay as his lacking son, who had been kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Shopian district on August 2 final 12 months
As senior Military officers provided their condolences, Wagay advised a commander he and his fallen son had been suspected of hyperlinks to terrorism after Shakir’s disappearance.
He advised the commander he had been residing with that stigma until the physique was discovered yesterday.
“I thank God the physique was recovered. I used to be residing with a stigma. Every time I’d go to police and ask them about my son, they might say, ‘do not know… he could also be in Pakistan, he might have joined terrorists’,” he advised NDTV.
“After listening to this I’d cry and return residence. It is vitally unhappy that I misplaced my son however I am comfortable in the present day that the stigma is eliminated. Nobody would belief me,” he added.
Days after the kidnapping, Wagay discovered Shakir’s blood-soaked garments in an orchard. Since then, it has been an ordeal. There was no assist from the federal government, and nobody from the administration or Military visited, the household mentioned.
Wagay, 56, a farmer, mentioned he knew his son’s killers – they have been terrorists who tortured and killed him as a result of they needed to extract an announcement that he refused to make.
After sustaining silence for months, the police had mentioned the terrorist who claimed to have killed Shakir had themselves been killed in an encounter. There was no clue about Shakir’s physique, they mentioned.
All via Wagay requested for his son to be recognised as one who had laid down his life for the nation.
Formally, nonetheless, Shakir remained listed as ‘lacking’ and never ‘useless’ till his physique was recovered. This meant his household couldn’t get his wage or the compensation paid to households of fallen troopers.
Shakir Manzoor had come residence to rejoice Eid together with his household.
He went lacking whereas driving again to his camp. The next day police discovered his burnt automotive and, a number of days later, his blood-soaked garments have been present in an apple orchard.
Subsequently, an audio clip surfaced with terrorists claiming accountability. They talked about denying his household their son’s physique in retaliation for a authorities coverage of not handing over our bodies of native militants to their households.
Since March 2020 final 12 months, even the our bodies of civilians killed in safety forces’ actions haven’t been handed to their households as a result of COVID-19 protocols.
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