Again, father’s wait for son’s release ends with death

Tent erected for mourners 

Kangan: Ghulam Mohmmad Mir, in his mid sixties spent most of his time looking for his son, finally lost the battle with life yesterday at 9:00 pm at his home Barnabug Kangan in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal District.
Muzaffer, a 26 year old youth was arrested three years back and he is prisoned in Central Jail of Srinagar.
Presently, Muzafar is persuing M.A Islamic Studies from Kashmir University.
“The old father met Muzaffar six months back in Central Jail and today left this world waiting years to kiss his son,” one of his relative told The Kashmir Pulse.
“Muzafar lost his grand mother two years back and grand father one year back but was not allowed on bail for their last rites,” he added.
“Our father forgot to take care of his own self in absence of his son and became a heart patient,” his elder sister said. “Even he was not able to attend his brother’s marriage last year,” she added.
Surrounded by dozens of women in courtyard of their house, Khurshee Begum was not crying because she turned a widow but was wailing and calling for her prisoned son.“Goburoo! Wadun tena tulmeiy ne. Matam ten a kor Goburoo (“Oh son! I didn’t let mourn on your father’s death, I even didn’t cry”), cried his mother.
Muzafar’s young sister who was unconsciously crying “Bouth te na dithoyni vichna abun, tas abas ha osoiey chouneiy fairan bayou” (“You were not allowed to see a glimpse of your father’s face”, “Oh! father was missing you, brother”).
“Muzafar’s relatives went from pillar to post to get bail and waited hours for last rites but all in vain,” one of his friend said.
As he could not attend the funeral of his father, a huge rush of locals was seen at their house when the news of Muzafar’s release on bail spread at 6:00 pm.
In the tent of males, his elder brother Bilal Ahmad Mir and his uncle were receiving people who were visiting to offer condolence with the bereaved family.
Ghulam Mohmmad was later burried at his ancestral graveyard in Barnabugh.

Beigh Irshad Beigh Irshad
Beigh Irshad is a Kashmir based freelance journalist
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