Masked men thrash visually impaired teen

Srinagar: A visually impaired teenager was beaten up by unknown persons in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, eyewitnesses said Thursday.
Muhammad Abbas, a Class 10 student, was taking a stroll outside his house in Khan Mohalla in Diver village of Lolab on Wednesday evening, when a group of unknown masked men appeared there, blindfolded him and whisked him to nearby fields, Abbas’s father, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh told Kashmir Reader.
He said that his son was beaten up by the unidentified persons for over half-an-hour before he was set free in an injured condition. Soon after the incident, army and police reached the spot and carried out investigations.
“We don’t know the men who abducted my son and thrashed him. My son, who has poor eyesight, could not also identify his kidnappers,” he added.
The incident has triggered panic among the locals. The village Sarpanch Tanveer Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he has taken up the issue with police and sought investigations in the late night assault on the teenager.
“The boy has visible injury marks on his body. Four unknown people had thrashed him after abducting him from home. The villagers feel threatened after this incident,” he said.
The family, he said, took the injured teenager to the hospital and later moved an application before the police station seeking investigations in this regard.
However, police ruled out the abduction version of the family and said that it could be a case of mischief by the friends of the teenager.
“The boy was not abducted nor was he beaten. Apparently, it seems a case of mischief. Though, the boy had suffered bruises, it was not due to thrashing,” a senior police official, insisting not to be named, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that visually poor teenager was unable to convince the police about his abduction.

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