Srinagar: The police and CRPF are shifting the blame and evading responsibility for critically injuring a mentally-challenged man in Safa Kadal area of Srinagar on Saturday night.
The victim, Showkat Ahmed Misger, has suffered brain damage, lung perforation and injuries to eyes due to scores of pellets. Doctors said he had resisted efforts to prepare him for a surgery that would have plugged his internal injuries.
His relatives and neighbours said that Showkat’s condition was known to the government forces, especially police, as he used to spend his time on shop fronts and streets.
“For him curfew and normal times are alike. Still they fired pellets at him. They did not let us to lift his body for several minutes,” said Asif, a neighbour.
“A son of Showkat’s cousin’s was also fired at with pellets when he finally dared to lift him. The police followed the bike on which Showkat was taken to hospital in a rakshak vehicle and tried to prevent us carrying him to hospital,” he said.
Both police and CRPF tried to shift the blame on each other.
Station house officer of Safa Kadal police station Mubarak Ahmad told Kashmir Reader, “I am aware that a mentally-challenged person has been injured by pellets. I went to the family today to inquire about the incident and we have filed an FIR. I do not know who fired pellets but it could that while leaving the place in the evening CRPF might have come under attack from stone throwers and they might have fired pellets that injured this person.”
The CRPF, however, rejected the SHO’s allusion.
“You need to check again with the police. Five to six CRPF companies are deployed in Safa Kadal area regularly. I assure you no pellets were fired from our side till CRPF was there,” said CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav.
The serious injury to the middle-aged man has come as a blow for his family, as his elder brother Nazir Ahmad Misger, who used to take care of him, has been bed-ridden for the past several weeks because of an acute kidney disease. Nazir is the only earning male member of the family comprising his two daughters, wife and mother.