BSF jawan killed: Requiem for last homecoming, lost dreams
Hajjan: His leave was coming to an end and BSF constable Rameez Ahmed Parray was snatching some quiet time with family at his aunt's place here last night when militants barged in.
It was about 9.25 pm, police said, the last half-hour of the life of the jawan, who fought valiantly before he was gunned down at point-blank range in his home in north Kashmir's Bandipore area.
The night before, police had launched a cordon operation at Parray mohalla and militants, it is learnt, believed he was involved in the exercise.
Parray, 28, who was posted in adjacent Baramulla with 73 battalion of the BSF, had come on leave on August 26 to finalise the renovation of his house in Parray Mohalla and look for better job prospects for his two brothers.
One month and one day later, the sole bread earner of the family was dead.
As another family in Kashmir mourned the death of a son killed in the prime of his youth, police pieced together the last moments of his life with the help of eyewitnesses.
Last night, Parray, his two brothers and father were at his aunt Hubba Begum's home, catching up on news of the family perhaps, when two militants stormed in, asking for his identity card.
Trained in combat action, Parray, who joined the BSF seven years ago, fought with the intruders, injuring one of them. However, his aunt was also injured in the fight.
Parray rushed home nearby to change so he could take her to the hospital, police said.
But there were other militants waiting to attack him.
This time, eyewitnesses told police, four militants entered Parray's one-storey home and nabbed him.
His father and two brothers pleaded with them to spare his life but the appeals fell on deaf ears.