By Ubeer Naqushbandi
SRINAGAR: Inside the emergency ward of SK Institute of Medical Science Soura, Mohammad Sultan, 26, is lying motionless like a corpse. He is the latest victim of forces’ assault admitted to the hospital.
Sultan has a plaster on his leg, and his head is bandaged. His brother Sonaullah Wagay has been attending to him.
Wagay, sitting next to his brother, explained: “He has just slept. He was awake all night, complaining of headache and vomiting.”
The conversation woke up Sultan, who had an urge to vomit. Wagay rushed to fetch the dustbin.
After Sultan was done, Wagay tried to clean his stained clothes and the bed sheet.
“Look what they have done to my brother,” he said.
Wagay said Sultan was in his home at Saderkote, Bandipora, when the government forces went “berserk” and started damaging properties and thrashing civilians at Ajas.
Sultan was readying to go his fields for work, he said.
“At around 5:30 pm, they started smashing window panes of houses and vehicles. They thrashed everyone that crossed their path,” he said.
Near Hajam, he said, the government forced fired dozens of teargas shells, and barged into the houses to beat up the residents.
“Sensing a threat to the chastity of women, the people came out in large numbers to protest against the forces. In response, the forces beat up more civilians. And that is when they caught hold of my brother and beat him up ruthlessly,” Wagay said, adding that a total of “10-15” civilians were injured in the incident, two of them with bullets.
Traumatised Sultan could barely open his mouth, but he kept mumbling one word: “loyukh (beaten up)”.