Batwara boat capsize: Kashmir unites in grief

People from North, South, Central & beyond visit Gandbal express solidarity withbereaved families

 Srinagar: A tragedy struck Gandbal area in the outskirts of Srinagar as six persons, including a 35-year-old mother and her two school-going twin sons, lost their lives in a devastating boat capsize incident in the swollen Jhelum River.

This grievous event not only deeply impacted the local community but also stirred mourners from across the valley, who gathered to extend their condolences and support to the bereaved families.

People from various parts of the valley, spanning the north, south and central regions of Kashmir, converged in Gandbal to express solidarity with the grieving families.

Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, accompanied by two friends, travelled from HMT Zainakote to offer heartfelt condolences, leaving behind his shop upon hearing the tragic news.

“There was no way I could continue with work when I heard about this heartbreaking incident. I immediately closed my shop and rushed to the area with my friends,” he said.

Amidst profound sorrow, individuals from different corners of Kashmir made the journey to comfort the affected families, showcasing the universal language of empathy that transcends geographical boundaries and affiliations.

A group of mourners from Sopore, a town in north Kashmir, travelled to Gandbal to pay their respects, demonstrating unity in grief. “This is the first time I have witnessed such a tragedy. I am still unable to come to terms with it. One can only imagine the anguish those innocent kids must have felt while calling for help,” said Touseef Ahmad.

He said that despite the distance, they want to symbolise the interconnectedness of Kashmiri society and to share collective sorrow in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Another group of people from the Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s district Pulwama told KNO that the convergence of people from diverse backgrounds underscores the inherent resilience and compassion embedded within the Kashmiri culture.

“In times of adversity, the Kashmiri community has been rallying together to offer a comforting embrace to those grappling with loss or sorrow and this is what Kashmiryat is known for,” said Fayaz Ahmad.

He said the solidarity, unity and emphatic approach displayed by Kashmiris in the face of tragedy is a testament to the enduring spirit of unity.

As the sun sets to darkness for the day, the families mourn their loved ones, but they find solace in the outpouring of support from neighbours, friends and strangers alike, reaffirming the timeless adage that “even in times of darkness, the light of human kindness shines brightest”—(KNO)

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