When the gunfight started between armed forces and militants in Pampore (Kashmir), Abdul Gani Mir had informed his family he would be back home.
At that time, the police had started rescuing the civilians from the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building where the militants were holed up. But, Mir never came back home.
The 45-year-old was hit by a bullet during the evacuation and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar.
The militants stormed into the EDI premises on February 20.
Mir is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. He was the only earning member of the family. The family is mourning the death of their loved one in Gundipora village in South Kashmir.
Pall of gloom descended as the news of Mir death reached his ancestral village. Villagers described him as a humble, hardworking and sincere human being.
Sadly, the family has faced the tragedy in past too, when Mir’s brother-in-law Mohammad Maqbool, who was a head constable, was shot dead by militants on June 22, 2013.
Employees at the EDI’s Pampore are in deep shock over his death.
They say he was a humble and religious person who worked hard to make the garden look clean and beautiful.
Sarwar Kashani, a former Communication Officer at EDI, posted a tribute to Mir on his facebook page.
The encounter ended on February 22. The total death toll reached nine. Two army captains, a special para commando, two CRPF men, a civilian and three militants were killed in the encounter.