A jawan in Kashmir trekked through 10-feet snow with his mother’s dead body on his shoulders to reach his village in Karnah near the Line of Control (LoC).
Mohammad Abbas Khan, who is posted in Pathankot, had to trek through snow for 10 hours to perform the final rites of his mother at their native place.
Abass’ mother who used to live with him in Punjab, died six days ago and when he was returning home, the local administration promised him to that he would be given a helicopter from Srinagar to take his mother’s body to his village in Karnah but he was kept waiting.
“It is very humiliating. I’m not able to give a decent burial to my mother. The administration kept us waiting with the body but they never sent the helicopter,” he told NDTV. “It was a dangerous trek. We were stomping through snow with my mother’s body. It’s an avalanche-prone zone that we were moving through.”
“Relatives and some local villagers helped me to carve out a route through the thick snow”, he added.
Shah Nawaz, the cousin of Abass said that they pleaded with an army officer for a chopper from Srinagar because the road was blocked.
“We have gone through hell all these days. The trek was dangerous and God knows how many times we thought we would not be able to make it,” Shah Nawaz said.
However, the local administration denied all the charges against them.