Tanweer Ahmed died during a gunfight between militants and armed forces two days ago in Tangdhar when three heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammed militants tried to storm an Army base close to the Line of Control (LoC). He used to work as a generator operator in night shifts in the camp for the past 3 years.
Earlier, Tanweer’s younger brother Saddam Sheikh died in March this year after being buried in a snow avalanche. Saddam was just 20 years old when killed.
According to one of Tanweer’s relatives, Irshad Ahmed, the Sheikh family was already in shock after their 20 years old son died in March. They were yet to overcome the big jolt but now the death of their elder son has shattered them completely.
The family received Tanweer’s body on Wednesday afternoon and a large number of people of Tangdhar thronged his home located close to the camp to attend the funeral prayers held late Wednesday, he added.
Another relative of Tanweer’s explained, “he used to come home by 8 after completing his shift but on Wednesday, we were worried after hearing that an encounter had broken out in the camp and Tanweer had not returned home until 10 am. Later we got the news that he had died in the gunfight. We were shattered after hearing the news.”
“Doctors told us that Tanweer had received three bullets and died due to blood loss,” he added.
Tanweer is survived by his one-and-a-half-year-old son and wife to whom he was married three years ago. His father, Muneer Ali, is posted at the Armed Wing of the police. He was on duty in Srinagar when he received the news of his son’s death.
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