Srinagar, September 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Muslim neighbours of a 78-year-old Pandit, Ram Jee Kaul not only mourned his demise but also helped his children perform the last rites. The incident took place at Waibug in Pulwama district. Kaul never migrated from the Valley despite incitation by the then Governor Jagmohan.
Kaul, who worked with Power Development Department and had retired in 1999, breathed his last on Friday afternoon after prolonged illness with his daughter Renu and son-in-law Vinod by his side.
The news of his death spread like a wild fire and soon the Muslim neighbours started thronging Kaul’s residence. Ghulam Nabi, village head, Nissar Ahmed and Mohammed Akbar wept inconsolably as if they had lost someone from their own family. “He was the head of my family too. The entire village used to take his advice on every crucial issue and his word was always final,” said Akbar. The village has eight Kashmiri pandit families, who never migrated to Jammu and other places since 1990.
“It was his decision to stay on and not to leave,” recalls Vinod, who himself did not migrate from the Valley. After his son, who was away in Jammu, and other three daughters arrived on Saturday, their Muslim neighbours comforted them and opened the doors of their homes to accommodate Kaul’s relatives coming from other places in the Valley including Budgam, besides Jammu and Delhi. On Saturday, the funeral procession mainly comprised the Muslims, who arranged for wood at the cremation ground.
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