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BA, B.Ed labourer dies at stone quarry in Anantnag
SRINAGAR, July 7 :The death of a graduate labourer while earning bread for his family at a stone quarry in Donipawa village of Anantnag today left his entire native village in a state of shock and mourning.

Showkat Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Nabi Bhat, a graduate with B. Ed, was hit by a stone in his head while carrying out stone mining at a nearby quarry. He was rushed to Srinagar

hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Larger number of people participated in his funeral prayers. He is survived by his wife, a two year old son and aged parents. As his mother went into a state of shock and the neighbouring women tried to console her, his father blamed the unemployment for the tragedy that struck her.

"Facing all odds, I had educated my son hoping that he would get some government job to

support us at this age. But I never knew I will lose him while earning bread for us at a stone quarry. Had he got some job the tragedy would not have perhaps struck us," said his father, Ghulam Nabi.

Neighbours of the deceased said that despite being highly qualified he never hesitated to work at a stone quarry to earn for his family. There are scores of educated youth in the village who earn

their livelihood through stone mining. “With no other source of income, most of the educated youth take to stone mining to keep the life going. I can show you scores of youth having done graduation and post graduation, excavating stones at a nearby quarry as government too has failed to solve the problem of unemployment,” said 45 year old Mushtaq Ahmad, who is also a postgraduate.

News Updated at : Monday, July 8, 2013
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