Danish Siddiqui, the Danish photojournalist, was killed in Afghanistan and was buried in Jamia Millia Islamia Cemetery on Sunday, where mourners crowded to pay their last respect. His cadaver arrived at Delhi Airport in the evening and was taken to his residence in Jamia Nagar, where a large group of people assembled, including his family and friends.
Police were filled to the area and their staff constantly requested the assembly to follow appropriate Covid behavior. Siddiqui’s corpse was taken to the cemetery for burial around 10:15 pm. There is a sea of mourners in the cemetery to show their respect.
His friends recalled his last conversation with him and his commitment to meet with them after finishing the task. A few people remember him as a childhood friend and others as their mentor and helpful companion, but in his memory, he has in common that he is an ordinary person with a passion for photography. Siddiqui’s friend Bilal Zaidi (37 years old) stated: “I met him before Covid because he was always on the court, and then he met him when he was here last month. We salute him.” “He’s a very introverted and shy person, that’s why when he started his career as a television reporter, we felt a sense of mismatch. He’s a person with a camera on site anytime, anywhere. He likes to shoot pictures and is passionate about still photography. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this, “said Zaidi.
His childhood friend Shahdab Alam (37 years old) said that Siddiqui’s death was not only a loss for his family, but also a loss for the entire country. “He is passionate about photography and likes to play cricket. I saw him for a few minutes last month and talked to him when he left to perform the task,” he recalled. Freelance photographer Mohamed Meharban texted Siddiqui asking if he would return to home before Eid ul Zuha . He replied: “Inshaallah, I’ll come to eat with you.” Thinking of his mentor, Meharban collapsed. “He is my mentor and I have been with him since 2017. He sent me a link to his work. When I opened it and found that he was in Afghanistan, I immediately called him and told him it was not safe. He said it’s okay, my work is done and I will be back soon,” he recalled.
Another childhood companion, Imran Kasim (Imran Kasim) recalled seeing him at a friend’s wedding about four years ago. “We grew up together. He was passionate about photography and later became a photojournalist. We got in touch through WhatsApp and other ways,” he mentioned. Siddiqui is a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 and worked for the Reuters news agency. The photographer was killed on Friday in the town of Spin Boldak, near the outskirts of Pakistan. He joined the Afghan Special Forces when he died.
Hours earlier, the university stated in a statement: “Vice President Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) accepted the request of the family of the late photojournalist , Danish Siddiqui, to bury his body in the JMI cemetery, which is dedicated to the university. employees., Their wives and minors prepare. Children. ”Siddiqui’s father, Akhtar Siddiqui, is the dean of the school of education there.
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