Police officer rues militant son’s death in gunfight

Shopian:  Nazir Ahmad Bhat who is working in Jammu and Kashmir police department as Assistant Sub Inspector and is posted in Kellar police station in Shopian district Monday said that he was never in touch with his son Zubair from past nine months.

Zubair Ahmad Bhat, 20, alias Musaib of Nowpora village of Frisal Kulgam was killed along with his LeT associate Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat, 19, alias Muzamil son Ghulam Muhammad of Chakoora village in an encounter with government forces in Frisal.

“I was surprised when I came to know that my son has joined militant ranks. Zubair was a second year student studying at Degree College Anantnag. I fail to understand why and how he joined militant ranks. From past nine months I never met him, though I put all my efforts to persuade him to return home,” a visibly choked father of Zubair said.

Nazir Ahmed said that it was some nine months ago when he had met his son and that time he had not joined militant ranks. “As a father I lament his death. I feel sorry that I could not interact with him before his death. I was not present at the encounter site and I came to know late that my son has got killed in an encounter,” he said adding that whole family is in shock and want to know what prompted Zubair to become a militant.

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