Teenager beaten to death, 12-year-old brother witnesses beating, body kept hostage at police control room for 7 hours, along with mourning mother

Teenager beaten to death, 12-year-old brother witnesses beating, body kept hostage at police control room for 7 hours, along with mourning mother

TuliNowpora (Kulgam): The grandfather begins to narrate how his 15-year-old grandson was beaten to death at a nearby soldiers’ camp. He attempts it at his own pace in the room where, during the past week, he has been receiving people offering condolences. Many people interrupt him, eager to supply the old man with what they think is the important link, a vital piece of information he might be skipping, in the narrative.

Annoyed, he raises his hand each time, gesturing them to remain silent. This continues for a while. The narrative is gradually taking a coherent shape. But is there an eyewitness who could make it simple for us reporters? Yes, the dead boy’s brother, who was also beaten in the same camp along with his brother.

The lanky boy is ushered into the room, cutting through a semi-circle of people gathered around the reporters. A piece of cloth has been tied around his left elbow, an evidence of the lesser punishment he got away with. His brother’s head had been bashed so badly that it had to be pried open. Doctors had told the family that another surgery was due if he survives.
But within hours, his heart stopped working at the SKIMS hospital in Srinagar.
It turns out the younger one is deeply traumatised. He can’t speak without prompting by the people in the room—father, mother, relatives, neighbours, protesters. His big eyes exacerbate the fact of his trauma and at the same time give a misleading impression of his alertness.
The brothers, Irfan Maqsood Dar, 15, a class 10 student at the Government High School, TuliNowpora, and Faizan Maqsood Dar, 12, had left their grandfather’s house in TuliNowpora and were going home, on July 11, three days after Burhan Wani’s killing.
A pro-Burhan demonstration was underway and the brothers probably had joined it. No one is sure. The duo was caught unawares because the CRPF troopers and policemen cornered the protesters by coming through orchards, not the embattled road.

Faizan got stuck in the barbed wire of an orchard while trying to flee. The elder brother came to his rescue. Both were taken to the camp that has come up only during the past three months. Constructions are still underway at the camp. From whatever little Faizan said, it appears that Irfan bore the brunt of the beating. At least six personnel thrashed him, Faizan said.
The troopers took the half-dead Irfan to the police who refused to accept him. The superintendent of police, according to the residents, is learnt to have told the CRPF that “you have only been bringing us bodies”.
However, the police received Faizan, who had been vomiting, and took him to hospital.

Brother of slain Irfan
Faizan, brother of slain Irfan

Was Irfan breathing, did he say anything when you were being carried to the police station, I ask Faizan.
“No,” he said.
From a speeding vehicle, the troopers dumped Irfan, still alive, outside the gate of Kulgam hospital. Sand and pieces of shattered bricks that got stuck in his hair due the pressure of the fall were found when his head was shaved for surgery at the SKIMS.
The family had no idea of who took Irfan to SKIMS and who accompanied him. The father, Maqsood Ahmad, after visiting Faizan at the hospital and feeling reassured about his condition, boarded an ambulance in a bid to visit his other son in Srinagar, a 50-km ride. The police stopped the ambulance at Wanpoh, checked his ID.
“They beat me up and told me to go where I came from. They said ‘don’t look back’. But I did turn back because I felt they would shoot me dead. I returned home,” Maqsood told Kashmir Reader.
Next day, the family had two options, both uncertain, to reach Irfan at the SKIMS hospital: an ambulance that might leave with a patient or another casualty of the government forces and a fruit merchant’s truck that had to deliver bananas to the besieged city.
The banana truck left, its owner risking beating than letting the fruit rot. Irfan’s uncle Bilal Ahmad Dar boarded the vehicle and reached SKIMS where he joined Irfan’s mother Haleema and aunt Jawahira.
The medical record, which wrongly mentions Irfan’s age as 20 years old, says: Cause of death: Cardiac arrest.
What probably caused cardiac arrest is written below:
Right frontal EDH, underlying contusion secondary due to head injury (assault).
A doctor said it means that under the impact of the assault his brain had suffered hemorrhage.
Faizan said, and doctors had told Bilal, the forces had battered Irfan with gun butts.
At about 10am on Thursday, July 14, the family readied to carry Irfan’s body back home. After travelling some distance, a police vehicle each appeared in front and back of the ambulance. Near Dalgate, the ambulance was signaled to stop.
Bilal said the ambulance driver, perhaps aware of the pattern of police hijacking ambulances carrying bodies of those killed in the uprising, had vainly tried to dodge the police vehicles. The body was taken to the Police Control Room, along with the mourning mother, aunt and uncle. It was kept in a room that was locked. The family was told that some formalities need to be completed.
After every hour or so, the police would tell the family that the body would be released soon. Haleema fainted and she was hospitalized at the police hospital at the Control Room complex. Finally, a policeman told the family why the body had been kept hostage: the ‘situation will further deteriorate if the body is released before evening’.
Most of the bodies of the victims of forces firing, who had been referred to Srinagar hospitals for treatment, had been similarly hijacked and kept at the PCR. All released after 4pm. The Dars were released at about 6.30pm, Bilal said. The father finally got to see the son, dead, face hardly recognizable.

7 Responses to "Teenager beaten to death, 12-year-old brother witnesses beating, body kept hostage at police control room for 7 hours, along with mourning mother"

  1. Faiz   July 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    No words for Army, I am amazed how the local police is supporting them in this brutality.
    These constables getting automated rifles in the hands, This is not a game, You are not killing that person only,There is a family which is getting affected by your one trigger press.
    Please look to the person as your son, father, mother, sister and then decide what to do !

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  2. Prabath   July 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Look i dont live in kashmir i live down south but i really feel bad about this since i was a kid i wanted to a part indian military but now every thing feels wrong i know that its terror supporters we going but still u cant extinguished fire with fire

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  3. Qurat ulayn   July 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

    There is no surprise in reading the local police supporting Indian Armed forces, after all they get paid for killing us.

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  4. Rajiv kumar   July 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I am Hindu and I’m surprised how other inidans are supporting all these killings. No human on the earth deserves such vicious treatment. And the problem is our media associates everything with Pakistan. These humans need some love instead of all the miseries. It Is better Kill them all in one go rather than everyday. Dogs in west are treated much better than the way we treat them.

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  5. mushtaq ahmad   July 22, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Dear Qurat ulayn ,Please get your Facts right especially after reading Such Shocking, Heartbreaking realities of atrocities Commuted on Muslims of Kashmir . Kashmiri Police is not Paid by India but from Kashmiri Majority Treasure. They even on miser amount of Payment and being of ”Mukhbir” Gojar ” illiterate Mentality with no Islamic background knowledge seem ready to kill other Muslim on order of India as they like you think as most Kashmiris think they are Paid by India .They are Slaves of India and Obey Indian Hindu . UNO is Bloody Mute Institution for Muslim States and more than happy to free Christian States from Muslim Countries .Above reality should have been eye opener for UNO .

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  6. Umesa mir   July 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Oh this kashmiri police cn never support us no matter wht the situation is a 12 year boy has been killed look at the humanity of the military n police ppl they shd each n every of thm shd be hang on death bloody raskal basturd ppl plz allah save kashmiri ppl wht would tht mother go through this shd hpn with these military n police ppl son thn they will understand the meaning

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  7. Diwakar Singh   July 22, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Not happy the count is less

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