Militant tells his father minutes before death

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 5/9/2018 12:05:01 AM

‘Take care of my 2 daughters, wife’

ANANTNAG, May 8: On Saturday, the family members of Bilal Ahmad Mohand alias Bilal Molvi was killed along with his four associates on Sunday were busy packing their luggage. The family was to leave for Chandigarh hospital next morning to accompany their daughter -in-law (Bilal’s wife) who was supposed to undergo surgery there for her severe neurological disorder.
On Sunday, all the family members woke up early. As the family was preparing to leave, the phone rang. Bilal’s father, Mohammad Yusuf picked up the phone to hear the shocking news from his son.
"I have been trapped under a cordon. There is no way to escape. Now I am going to die. You should not lose heart," the trapped son told his father.
The militant also inquired about all other family members including his mother, wife and children. However, before dropping the phone, he had a last message for his father. "Whatever happens always happens for the good. My only request to you is that please take care of my two daughters and wife. Keep them happy," the slain militant told his father before death.
Bilal’s elder daughter is aged 6 and younger one 3.
Bilal, who had picked up arms two years ago was killed along with four of his associates including two top commanders Saddam Paddar and Towseef Sheikh and an assistant professor of Kashmir University Dr Rafi. Rafi had joined militant ranks three days ago.
Bilal’s father said that the frequent detentions and harassment by government forces forced his son to take to arms.
"Since 2008 my son was being detained frequently by forces. No doubt he was a religious and freedom loving man but he had no plans to join militant ranks. But the security agencies harassed him to such an extent that he was left with no option but to take the extreme step despite being the father of two daughters," visibly shattered father said.
A neighbour of the slain militant remembered Bilal as highly religious and well mannered man.
"Before joining militant ranks, Bilal commanded great respect both among village elders and youth for his manners and religious understanding. Besides he was a caring father and obedient son," the neighbour said.



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