NEW DELHI: Slain photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan, was on Sunday laid to relaxation on the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard the place a sea of mourners gathered to pay their final respects.
His physique arrived on the Delhi airport within the night and was later delivered to his residence in Jamia Nagar the place an enormous crowd, together with his household and associates, had gathered.
Police was deployed within the space and its personnel stored urging the gathering to comply with Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Siddiqui’s physique was taken to the graveyard the place it was buried round 10.15 pm.
There was a sea of mourners on the burial web site to pay their respects.
His associates recalled their final conversations with him and his promise of assembly them as soon as he returned from his project.
Some folks remembered him as their childhood pal, some as their mentor however what was frequent of their recollections of him was that he was a easy one who was obsessed with pictures.
Bilal Zaidi (37), a pal of Siddiqui, mentioned, “I met him earlier than Covid as he was all the time on area after which met him final month when he was right here.We exchanged a hellos.”
“He was a really reserved and shy individual and that is why when he began his profession as a TV journalist, we felt there was a mismatch. He was anyone who all the time carried a digicam with him at any time when he was on area. He loved taking photographs and had a ardour for nonetheless pictures. He received Pulitzer for this,” Zaidi mentioned.
Shahdab Alam (37), his childhood pal, mentioned Siddiqui’s dying was not solely a loss for his household however for all the nation.
“He was obsessed with pictures and beloved taking part in cricket. I met him final month for a few minutes and had a phrase with him when he was leaving for the project,” he recalled.
Mohammad Meharban, a contract photojournalist, had final messaged Siddiqui asking whether or not he could be coming house on Eid-ul-Zuha, and he had replied,”Inshaallah, I’ll come and can eat with you.”
Remembering his mentor, Meharban broke down. “He was my mentor and I used to be with him since 2017. He despatched me a hyperlink of his work. After I opened it and located that he was in Afghanistan, I instantly referred to as him and mentioned it isn’t secure there. He mentioned it is okay, my work has been completed and I can be again quickly,” he recalled.
Imran Kasim, one other childhood pal, remembered assembly him at a pal’s marriage ceremony nearly 4 years in the past.
“We grew up collectively. He had a ardour for pictures and have become a photojournalist. We had been in contact via WhatsApp and different mediums,” he mentioned.
Siddiqui is an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia.
He received a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 and labored for Reuters information company.
The photojournalist was killed on Friday within the city of Spin Boldak, close to the border with Pakistan.
He was embedded with Afghanistan particular forces on the time of his dying.
Earlier within the day, the college mentioned in a press release, “Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor accepted the request of the household of late photojournalist Danish Siddiqui to bury his physique on the JMI graveyard meant completely for college staff, their spouses and minor little one.”
Siddiqui’s father Akhtar Siddiqui was the Dean of College of Training there.