Martyred ASI’s mortal remains laid to rest with state honours

Farid AhmEd Zargar
BHADERWAH, JAN 7: Amid sobs and tearful eyes martyred Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Irshad Ahmed Sheikh was buried in his ancestral graveyard here today. The ASI was killed in a powerful IED blast alongwith three other policemen in Sopore yesterday.
Earlier, when the mortal remains of the ASI were brought to his native village Chinote on the outskirts of Bhaderwah town at 11 p.m. last night, heartrending scenes were witnessed with the close family members and relatives wailing inconsolably. Residents of the entire village visited the house of the cop to pay their last respects to him and express their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. The ASI is survived by his 80 year old mother Mumtaza Begum, 41 year old wife Zahida Begum, two sons namely Nadeem Irshad Sheikh aged 20 years and Sahil Irshad Sheikh aged 12 years besides two daughters i.e. 18 year old Fiza Irshad Sheikh and14 year old Taiba Irshad Sheikh.
The wailing shrieks of the bereaved family rented the air throughout the night. “All efforts by the neighbours failed to console the children who have been left orphaned at a time when they most need the love and affection of father,” said a neighbour.
Hundreds of residents of Bhaderwah town and adjoining villages including a large number of women visited the house of the slain ASI today and accompanied his final journey and participated in his funeral prayers.
Among others, Deputy Commissioner Doda Bhawani Rakwal, SSP Mohammad Shabir, ASP Bhaderwah, SDPO Bhaderwah, Tehsildar Bhaderwah, were also present. Wreaths were laid on the coffin of the martyr cop by the DC and SSP. Gun salute was also presented to the slain police officer by a contingent of police. With wet eyes officers of CRPF, SSB, Army also offered floral wreaths to the slain cop.
Meanwhile, the family and neighbours of the martyred officer did not approve the transportation of the dead body by road and appealed to the government to provide adequate relief to the bereaved family.
DC Doda Bhawani Rakwal expressed his deep shock and sorrow on the death of a young police officer who was the sole bread earner of his family. “The entire district administration shares the grief of the bereaved family,” said Rakwal.
“The police department will ensure that the family of the martyred officer gets immediate relief and also compassionate appointment. As per departmental rules, immediate relief of Rs. 1 lakh has been handed over to family and ex-gratia relief and other benefits under SRO 43 under new policy of DGP, Dr S P Vaid will be provided to the family at the earliest,” SSP added.
“Police has lost a valiant jawan in the service of nation and we are proud of him,” said SSP Mohammad Shabir.