Family of Aali Kadal driver accuses CRPF of killing him; a watch the deceased was clutching in hand at the time of his admission to hospital belongs to the ‘killers’, say kin
Srinagar: During the raging anti-India uprising, it has largely been fathers shouldering the coffins of their children. In Aali Kadal area of old city, a 14-year-old boy, Ubaid, sits in a room where his mother has been wailing for hours, mourning the death of her husand Abdul Qayoom Wangnoo. Amidst sobs, she addresses Ubaid.
“Ubaid saeba trov thana moul mazaar, waen kya kare ba (Ubaid, did you bury your father? What will I do now),” she said.
Qayoom was allegedly beaten to death by CRPF soldiers deployed at Goripora, Sanatnagar on Friday. Police say he died in an accident.
He is survived by wife Saima, daughters Mufaida, 10 and Baiza, 12 besides Ubaid.
The family was mourning in a yet to be completed two-storey house
Qayoom was buried at the Martyr’s Graveyard at Eidagh. He had left his home at 8 on Friday. A driver, he was currently driving a truck of the consumer affairs department.
He had not been driving at the time people had taken him to Bone and Joint Hospital where doctors referred him to SKIMS, Soura, for serious head injuries.
A doctor who examined Qayoom at the SKIMS, Soura, said on the condition of anonymity (because he is not authorisied to speak to the media) that he had “brain stem contussion”.
Qayoom had been clutching a wrist watch, not his own, when he was admitted to the hospital. The family and the mourners believe the watch probably belongs to his “killer/s”.
Saima told Kashmir Reader, “It was about 8:20am when he left my parent’s house in Goripora, Sanatnagar. He left for work after three to four days as we had been busy in the wedding of my sister.”
At about 8:52am, Saima said she received a call from Barzulla hospital. The caller informed her that her husband was in Barzulla hospital as he had met with an accident.
“Not knowing what to do, I along with my mother rushed to Barzulla where I saw him unconscious on a bed,” she said.
Saima said she tried to enquire from the doctors about the cause of his injury.
“They only thing they said was that I should get a neck collar. My mother was yet to bring a collar from the market that we were rushed into an ambulance to SKIMS, Soura. A doctor accompanied us,” she added.
After a CT scan that detected serious head injury,
Qayoom breathed his last at about 9.30pm.
Qayoom’s cousin Abdul Hamid Kuchay accuses CRPF of the killing.
“They were not allowing anybody to move towards Hyderpora on Friday (as Syed Ali Geelani was scheduled to address press). This is the watch that belongs to his killers,” he said.
CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav said, “So far our report goes we have information from our concerned unit that it is a case of accident.”
Asked about family’s claim that people have seen the troopers beating Qayoom and the fact that he had a wrist watch they believe belongs to a trooper, Yadav said, “The deployment is everywhere. Our men might have shifted the man injured in accident to safer side of the road. You can’t be a mere spectator when somebody gets injured in an accident. This is the basic courtesy that everybody possesses.”
A police official said they will go through the CCTV footage to verify the facts.
“The family has filed an application with the police post Humhama. Our team reached the spot and investigation is on,” said the police official.