Shopian: Two youngsters from Turkwangam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district have undergone bone surgeries after they were allegedly beaten up by the government forces during nocturnal raids. The youngsters alleged that they were ruthlessly beaten up during raids at their residences causing limb fractures.
Muhammad Younis Dar, a victim of manhandling, told Kashmir Reader that one of his arms was broken by the troopers during nocturnal raids. He said women and young girls were not spared by the raiders in uniform.
“I recently had a surgery in my left arm and it took me Rs 40,000 on operation and medicines in a Srinagar based private hospital. I don’t have land or a government job. I was earning my livelihood by running a small hotel but on May 4 they looted it also. When I went to register a complaint with police, I was detained in lock-up for two hours,” he said.
Dar said he has to undergo another surgery according to doctor’s advice. “I am unable to run my hotel that I started with money loaned by my friends and relatives. It is the friends who help me run the hotel now,” he said. Dar, lone bread earner for his family has wife and an infant daughter. “The troops looted my hotel and broke my limbs. I am not able to feed my family now,” he said.
Another youngster Suhail Ahmad Sheikh is nursing a broken arm and struggles to arrange money for surgery. “We took him to Pulwama hospital for treatment but he was not attended properly. The doctors have now suggested a surgery on his arm. I don’t have enough money to perform surgery on my son,” Sheikh’s son Abdul Gani said.
“I was ruthlessly beaten up by army during June 18 night. For half an hour the soldiers hit me with sticks and gun butts,” Sheikh said.
The Turkwangam village has been targeted by the government forces several times during the past months and entire population was subjected to torture and humiliation, the villagers alleged. “The first assault and damaging private property took place on May 4 during a massive cordon and search operation in 17 villages of district Shopian,” a villager said.
He said on June 10, the army troopers vandalised property and assaulted villagers again during the night hours. This was done in response to a mild stone throwing incident on army vehicles.
On June 11 troopers again assaulted the villagers including women and young girls and left dozens with severe injuries and bone fractures.