Sonwani, Sept 6:
It was early Saturday morning, clouds were hovering over sky and people were out on streets in Sonwani village in Sopore town of Baramulla as the body of 17-year-old Musaib Majeed Nagoo was brought from Srinagar hospital to his home for final good bye.
People in thousands had gathered to bid tearful adieu to the teenager, who succumbed at SMHS late Monday. He was hit by pellets on his head at Wadoora Sopore on Sunday and was in critical condition since then.
Musaib’s father Abdul Majeed Nagoo led the funeral prayers of his son. Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of the slain teenager amidst chanting of pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
“The only wish of Musaib that I was able to fulfill was to lead his funeral prayers,” said Majeed in a crumbling voice.
According to his family, Musaib was not part of protests.
Majeed said since schools in Valley are shut from last 60 days, Musaib left home to on Sunday to seek tuition at a nearby Village-Wadoora. “While he was on his way tuition centre, some youth were present on the road and CRPF and police were taking shield behind shops. At about 3.30 pm, my son was hit by pellets. The cops could have arrested my son instead of killing him”.
“My son was fired pellets from very close range by the cops. We rushed him to SMHS hospital, where an X-ray was done on Musaib. The X-ray showed that about 200 pellets had pierced his skull. We lost hope for Musaib’s survival after doctors termed his condition as very critical and there was no major improvement in his condition even after two surgeries were performed on him by doctors,” said wailing Majeed, surrounded by relatives and neighbors, who were trying to comfort him.
In another room, some women mourn Musaib’s death. His mother is inconsolable. She continues to beat her chest and calls Musaib “Mein Gobroo Kuthu Gowuk” (My Son where have you gone)”.
Musaib was eldest son of his parents and belonged to well off and educated family.
He was topper of his batch in 10th class examination. He chose mathematics with science subject only to see himself a successful engineer one day, the aim which remained short lived.
Musaib was presently studying in 12th class in Government Higher Secondary School Sopore.
“After passing 10th class examination, he aspired to become an engineer. He was very good at mathematics. He was inspired by his maternal uncle, who is also an engineer”, said Musaib’s father
“But the cruel force personnel killed him in cold blood snatching all his dreams,” he added.