Kashmir is a paradise enveloped with brutality.
The cruel circumstances in Kashmir fail to change. People in Kashmir are pure as gold but their fate is controlled by the Kashmir government and the cracking Indo-Pak relations. The most painstaking and fearless people in Kashmir are our jawans. And unfortunately, they are the ones who are ignored when they appeal for help.
The same unfortunate incident happened with a soldier, Mohammad Abbas Khan. The soldier had to battle blistering snow for five days to bury his mother in his ancestral village in Karnah, a small town in Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Reports suggest that Mohammad Khan had taken his ailing mother to Pathankot in Punjab where he was posted to take care of her. But sadly, his mother died of a heart attack on January 28.
He firmly wished to bury his mother in his ancestral village at Kupwara, Kashmir. But due to heavy snow, flights were canceled and he had no choice but to travel via Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Mohammad asked for help from the Indian army but they didn’t aid him. Mohammad’s cousin Nawaz said,
“We pleaded with an army officer for a chopper from Srinagar, knowing the road was blocked and we could not get home.The help never came. We approached the civil administration but they too gave us nothing but promises.”
Initially, Mohammed somehow reached Drangyar in Kupara, where he expected a chopper from the army department but no one responded. He still had to travel 52Km to reach Karnah. Some days later, his relatives arrived in Drangyar too.
They were stuck in sub-zero temperature. Fortunately, they were given shelter and food by villagers at Drangyari. They were stranded in Drangyari for four days.
After that, Abbas and his relatives carried the body for 10 hours in life-threatening conditions and covering 30km.
Fortunately, an army unit in Drangyari helped them with over a dozen laborers. In all, they had 50 men. Around forty people were making the track (through the snow) and the rest carried the body.
At times, our men slipped into the snow up to the neck and the others had to pull them out,” Nawaz said.
They traveled the remaining 22km to Chitrakote in passing vehicles to finally reach their destination.
Watch the video to hear what Mohammad and his team went through during their tumulting journey: