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Kulgam suicide: boy’s father says he won’t accept Kashmir government’s salary

While his father was a government employee working in School Education Department, 24-year-old Shoiab couldn’t pay the examination fee for his Master’s degree ended his life after the government, apparently over his past links with anti-India resistance had withheld his salary since 2019.

However, the police had given a clean chit to Shoaib’s father since he was released in 1998.

Shoaib’s father Bashir Ahmad Mir said he was released from police custody in 1998 and after that, he was recruited as a Rehbar-e-Taleem teacher in the School Education Department.

He said that after his recruitment in the department, “Crime Investigation Department (CID) in its verification has said that the person (Mir) has been silent since his release in 1998 and is busy with his profession.”

Mir said that in March 2019 his salary was withheld by the then director of school education Kashmir—giving a reason for cases pending in high court.

“However, I had got a clean chit from CID and Police verification,” Mir said.

He said that last week his son Shoiab Bashir, a 24-year-old student, ended his life after he couldn’t pay the examination fee for his Master degree.

“My deceased son has asked his mother as to why all the troubles have landed in our family and why we are so poor that he can’t even pay the examination fees for his M.A examination form,” Mir said.

He said, “Shoiab was currently pursuing BEd course of which result was declared yesterday in which he had secured 81 per cent marks.”

Mir said that his son was very efficient and was not indulged in any sort of bad activities.

Hailing from Avil DH Pora of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Mir said that he is survived by two kids—a son and a daughter. “Shoiab was my second child.”

He said, “After five days my son ended his life for withholding my salary, the School Education Department released my salary and that too in favour of only sixth-pay-commission, while I am supposed to receive the amount as per the seventh-pay-commission of which I already had got orders.”

“If I am not getting my rightful salary as per the seventh pay commission, I will not accept it,” Mir said.

He also said, “The department has said that they have disbursed my salary but in a communiqué have written that I lack police verification.”

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