Raja Syed Rather
Ganderbal, Aug 11: Setting up an example of communal harmony and brotherhood, Muslims in Lar village of Ganderbal on Thursday performed the last rites of their Kashmiri Pandit brethren.
Vikas Koul son of Gaash Lal of Lar Ganderbal died at the age of 37 years on Thursday morning after suffering cardiac arrest.
The deceased’s Muslim neighbours came forward to carry out last rites as per cremation practices of Kashmiri Pandits.
“He was one of us. We never thought of him as a Hindu. We arranged everything needed for the cremation,” Javaid Ahamd Sheikh, a local resident said.
Koul was living in the neighbourhood for many years.