By Nouman Parvez
Srinagar: A physically handicapped boy is volunteering at the SMHS hospital since the clashes with government forces began in the Valley. A resident of Qamarwari in Srinagar, Imtiyaz says he is doing the yeoman’s service because of his commitment to the cause of azadi.
Whenever an ambulance arrives at SMHS hospital, Imtiyaz rushes to help carry the patient to the emergency ward. Later he arranges and fetches food for the patients and their attendants. Imtiyaz is volunteering with the Bemina Youth Welfare organisation.
“He is always energetic. He knows every section and ward of the hospital, and different operations theatres. He himself has been visiting the hospital to have his neurological disorders treated,” said an attendant of a patient from Sopore.
The volunteers who are Imtiyaz’s comrades say he is the most hardworking of them all.
Imtiyaz is well-known in the neighbourhood where he lives as a passionate freedom activist. He has never missed any pro-freedom rally, and has joined street protests in 2008 and in 2010.
His maternal uncle, who is also volunteering with him at SMHS, said that his nephew is always at the forefront of pro-freedom rallies and has risked his life several times in his passion for freedom.
The people of his locality said that at the age of 11 he started taking part in pro-freedom activities. They said that the boy is the most helpful person who never says no to anyone.
Imtiyaz is a diehard fan of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, He has twice visited the Kothi Bagh police station in the past week to have a glimpse of Malik there.
His family said that Imtiyaz had been arrested and tortured five times by police in different police stations of Srinagar.
His uncle said that in 2010, he was subjected to third-degree torture that fractured his bones.
In his incoherent voice Imtiyaz said that he was ready to sacrifice his life for freedom. The only motive of his life, he said, was to struggle for freedom until it comes.