Srinagar/New Delhi, June 5
The shocked nine-year-old daughter of police officer Saifullah Qadiri often breaks down when she remembers her father. She regrets asking him to come with her to school on May 24, the day he was shot dead by terrorists.
A Class III student, Syed Safa Qadiri’s world came crashing down when she saw terrorists firing bullets at her father. With a bandaged hand, Safa, who also received gunshot wounds, is unable to come out of the nightmarish experience and is often seen staring at her bedroom ceiling with questions like Mere papa jannat mein gaye honge na ( My father must have gone to heaven), said his mother Rabia.
Qadiri, a constable, was shot dead by terrorists outside his home in the Anchar area on the outskirts of Srinagar. “I was in the kitchen when neighbors brought Safa in from outside with her blood soaked clothes. We rushed her to the hospital where I watched as my husband scrambled onto another stretcher, pulling the rug under my feet. Concerned about Safa’s state of health, I didn’t realize then that the target was my husband,” Rabia said, bursting into tears.
“All I know is that I have to fulfill my father’s dream of becoming an IPS officer,” adds the nine-year-old boy.
Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, said the killer had been identified and would soon be arrested.