Hundreds of mourners attend last rites of girl student

Srinagar, March 08 (KMS): Hundreds of mourners gathered for the last rites of the girl student, Rafiya Nazir who succumbed to her injuries she received in a grenade blast a day earlier in Srinagar.

Heart-wrenching wails filled the air as inconsolable relatives and friends recalled how the girl, who had recently passed class 12 examinations with flying colours, wanted to become a doctor.

The teenager, who had suffered fatal splinter injuries in the head in the explosion at the busy Hari Singh High Street market near Amira Kadal locality of Srinagar city, was laid to rest.

Hundreds of men and women who had gathered at her residence erupted in loud cries of mourning in Hazratbal locality of the city. Her relatives said she had gone out shopping with her mother and sister when the explosion occurred.

Rafiya had secured 93 percent marks in Class 12 J&K Board exams results declared last month. “She was preparing for professional entrance examinations and wanted to become a doctor,” he said, but the dream was shattered and young life cut short by the grenade blast by unknown men.

Hurriyat leaders have already termed t he grenade blast as the artifact of the Indian army and secret agencies to instill fear among masses and to defame the ongoing freedom struggle in Jammu and Kashmir.