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Muslim neighbours perform last rites of Kashmiri Pandit amid heavy snowfall in Shopian

Shouldered body to10 km due to accumulation of snow on road

Jahangeer Ganaie

Shopian, Jan 23: In an exhibition of communal harmony, Muslim neighbourhood in Shopian villagers Saturday shouldered body of a Kashmiri Pandit for miles amid snowfall and performed his last rites.

Eyewitnesses from Pargochi Shopian said that Muslim neighbours of Bhaskar Nath who passed away in a Srinagar Hospital on Saturday morning shouldered his dead body for miles amid heavy snowfall.

They said that the ambulance in which the dead body of the deceased was being carried wasn’t able to move due to accumulation of snow on the road.

They said that locals took out the dead body and carried it on their own shoulders for a distance of at least 10 kilometres to Pargochi in Imamsahib belt of Shopian.

As per the Locals, the ambulance driver had called the family of the deceased who informed their Muslim neighbours and without any hesitation all the villagers rushed to the spot and carried Bhaskar on their shoulders.

Later, upon reaching Pargochi, the locals made all the arrangements for the last rites of the local Pandit.

Elders, young and children were among villagers who made last rite preparations.

Shami Lal, a close relative of the deceased sad that Muslims have been part of our community since long time especially since 1989 when most Pandit families were forced to leave valley.

“However, few families of Pandit community never left the valley and we are living with Muslims like our own brothers. We never felt like a minority here. We are living here with love, brotherhood and harmony,” he said.

Shami thanked his Muslim community members for always helping them and remaining with them in happy and sad times.

Later hundreds of Muslims visited the bereaved family’s home for condolences.

Raashid Ahmad, a villager said that they always help them in conducting last rites, marriages and share joys and sorrows like Muslims.

“This is what a neighbours are supposed to do,” he said.

Survived by a son and two daughters, Bhaskar was among the small group of Pandits who stayed in the Kashmir valley after the mass migration of the community in 1990.

Bhaskar died due to kidney failure at SKIMS Soura on Saturday morning. (KNO)

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5 more localities declared as micro-containment zones in Srinagar

(Asian News Hub) – The authorities on Monday declared five more localities of Zadibal and Batamaloo areas of Srinagar in view of detection of fresh Covid-19 cases.

Srinagar admin said that 5 more localities of Zadibal and Batamaloo have been declared as Covid-19 containment zones to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The areas which have been declared as containment zones include Meerakabad Shalimar, Hyder Colony Kill Khan Gali Upper Soura, Buchpora Firdous Colony in Zadibal and Gazaliabad Lane No. 01 HMT and Shahanwar Colony Lane 02 in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

Officials said that at least these areas have at least 33 active cases of Covid-19 and to prevent the further spread of the virus, these localities have been declared as micro-containment zones.


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Two militants killed in Shopian gunfight

(Asian News Hub) – At least two unidentified militants have been killed in an encounter that broke out between government forces and militants in Zeipora Mantribugh area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

A senior police officer told that two unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained. He said that the search operation is still on in the area.

He said that the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

Pertinently, 38 militants have been killed so far in Jammu and Kashmir this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the internet services have been snapped across Shopian district.


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Fortis hospital sets Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar

Appoints Dr Mir Sammiullah as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram

(Asian News Hub) – Keeping in view the rising incidence of liver diseases in Kashmir, Fortis Hospital has established a Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar.

The Centre will cater all types of liver diseases and liver transplant services.

Dr Mir Sammiullah has been appointed as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram.

The OPD services will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.


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