In a chronicle of his death foretold, Feroz Ahmed Dar wrote, “Just imagine…yourself in your grave. Down there in that dark hole…Alone.”
The 32-year-old police officer was buried last night in the family’s ancestral graveyard in Dogripora village in Pulwama district with many from the village and his department bidding him a tearful adieu.
Dar and five other policemen were killed yesterday in a gruesome ambush in Achabal in Anantnag district by suspected LeT militants who tried to disfigure their faces before walking away with their weapons.
As his family and friends prepared for his last journey, his words written on January 18, 2013 came back to haunt. “Did you ever stop for a while and asked yourself, what is going to happen to me the first night in my grave? Think about the moment your body is being washed and prepared to your grave.
“Think about the day people will be carrying you to your grave And your families crying …think about the moment you are put in your grave,” he had written on his Facebook wall.
As Dogripora mourned its hero, his premonition of death echoed from his “first night” in the grave.
The village, which shares its border with Budgam as well as Shopian districts, was awash with tears as it were.
Villagers queued up outside Dar’s home to offer their condolences. His two daughters — six-year-old Addah and two- year-old Simran – watched bewildered, unable to understand the sudden rush of people at their house