Srinagar: While the death of 24 year old Zahid Rasool shattered his economically impoverished family, the words he whispered before his death continues to haunt his cousin Mohammad Iqbal.
“For ten days he survived on bananas and water. He would continue to whisper something that nobody could listen after doctors took him out of Intensive Care Unit few days back,” Iqbal told The Legitimate.
However, from last two days, Iqbal said that Zahid was constantly inquiring about his family and relatives.
“He insisted us to take him home but we would try to divert his attention that he will be cured before leaving hospital. We didn’t knew that he wanted to shut his eyes forever in front of parents, the last wish which we could not full fill,” rues Iqbal, with tears trickling down his cheeks.
Iqbal said that Zahid was so frightened and disturbed mentally after being set on fire by the right wing activists of RSS in Udhampur, he was narrating his horrendous tale to everyone visiting him in hospital.
“Even before his death, he was only inquiring the well being of his parents besides receiving spontaneous shocks while recalling an incident he was burnt by RSS men,” he said.
Zahid an obedient son was driving a Tata bus before becoming trucker. His father is a labourer while two other brothers are also truckers.
His family said that Zahid was improving earlier and suddenly his conditions deteriorated and eventually died today.