Shopian: Amid heavy snowfall, Muslim villagers of a deceased local Pandit on Saturday travelled miles together by foot to shoulder his dead body in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Quoting sources, KNT reported that a 60-year-old Kashmiri Pandit, Bhaskar Nath, who was getting treatment at SKIMS Srinagar died of kidney failure today.
The dead body was supposed to be taken to his native Pargochi village of Shopian in an ambulance. However, due to heavy snowfall, the ambulance got stuck at a location in Shopian that was 10 kilometers away from the Pargochi village.
“The ambulance driver called one of the family members on phone who informed the local Muslims. The local Muslims amid inclement weather walked on foot and brought the dead body on their shoulders. Due to snowfall, the road was not motorable so we brought the dead body to Pargochi village on our shoulders,” said Fayaz Ahmed, a local Muslim.
The locals made all arrangements amid snowfall and the deceased was cremated as per the Hindu rituals.
The deceased is survived by a son and 2 daughters. He stayed back when majority of the Kashmiri Pandits migrated in 1990’s after the eruption of freedom movement in Kashmir.
“We are overwhelmed and can’t express our love and affection for our local Muslim brothers,” said one of the relatives of deceased, Bhaskar Nath.
This is not an isolated incident. Muslims in Kashmir Valley always shared grief of local Pandits and set examples of brotherhood off and on. (KNT)