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Anisha Sheth | The News Minute | April 21, 2014 | 3.30 PM IST Even as demands for a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry grow stronger, Kabir’s family struggles to make sense of his death on a routine trip to purchase cattle. A resident of Jokatte in Mangalore, Kabir (23) was shot dead, allegedly by an Anti-Naxal Force constable at around 2.30 am on April 19. His cousin Rafiq and neighbours Pramod, Sarfaraz, and Sheikabba (Farooq) left home around 8.30 pm on Saturday for Shringeri to purchase cattle. They had been stopped by the police at the Thanikodu check-post in Chikmaglur district within Shringeri Police Station limits. As Rafiq was returning to the vehicle after obtaining the gate-pass from the check-post, he heard shots being fired and fled the scene. His family says that this trip was the first he had taken in around eight months. Sirajuddin says that Kabir has been in the cattle-trade business for three years, before his family persuaded him to give it up but around eight months ago. They considered it too dangerous. “In Mangalore, cattle-trade in risky. His family did not want anything to happen to him,” Sirajuddin says. Asked why Kabir went back to the same business if his family had persuaded him to give it up, Sirajuddin said that it was “necessary”. “Kabir thought he could pay off the house rent which had been pending for some time now,” Sirajuddin said. The family’s house rent (Rs. 6,000) which has been overdue for some time now. The family has had to cope with one problem after another for years, Sirajuddin says. Kabir is the youngest of seven siblings, one of whom has died. One of his sisters Saramma’s mental health is poor. Kabir’s brothers are living at home. His mother became ill and dejected after the death of her second eldest daughter Rehmat. Unable to watch her mother suffer, Saramma too became dejected, Sirajuddin says. Kabir’s father too is in poor health and therefore unable to work. Old age has also caught up with him. “All the children had to work to look after their parents and pay for their mother’s medicines which cost around Rs. 5,000 a month,” he says. Even though he was the youngest, Kabir did not have the opportunity to study after Standard 9. Dropping out from school to support the family, he did odd jobs for a few years until he started to work as a cattle-trader with his cousin Rafiq three years ago. When his family made him give it up, he took on work as a painter.

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