THE FAMILY of an Irish citizen murdered in the war-torn region of Kashmir claim their loved one was “tortured” in the hours leading up to his death.
Nazir 'Dave' Hussain (56) is understood to have been abducted by an armed gang who viciously attacked him on August 12.
The father-of-seven who lives in Wexford died in his son's arms as his family desperately rushed him to a hospital for medical treatment.
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the Herald that consular assistance was provided to the Hussain family in the aftermath of his death.
Mr Hussain moved to Ireland over 20 years ago and married Gorey woman Trish Donnelly.
However he travelled over to his home town of Chattroh last month in order to attend the wedding of his son, Nasir.
A gang of four men and two women is alleged to have kidnapped Mr Hussain as he returned from a visit to his mother's grave.
The family say the gang broke his legs and beat him with weapons for three hours.
They claim he was tortured and now fear that they will never get justice for their murdered loved one.
“He'd been tortured for three hours. If he had gotten help earlier, he would have survived. The doctor's opinion was that his injuries and excessive blood loss caused shock and ultimate death,” his daughter Caroline told a local newspaper.
“All we want for our dad is justice,” she said.
And Mr Hussain's son spoke about the moments leading up to his father's death.
“He was looking up at me…he tapped me three times on the side and then he died in my arms,” son Nasir said.
He added that nobody would help him assist his father as he was dying on the ground.
“I had to get a wooden bed and literally beg the people to help me lift him up because my father is a big man and then four halfway to hospital my father died…in my arms.
Friends of Mr Hussain have set up a Facebook page 'Justice for Dave' in a bid to fundraise.
“We are looking for donations to help pay for a legal team in Kashmir to prosecute the murderers of our Beloved friend Nazir Hussain - better known as Dave to his friends and community,” the page says.
By Niall O’Connor