Srinagar: Nasrullah Khan, 36, the victim of army torture in Lolab area of Kupwara district, is now battling for life at SKIMS Soura. He has been put on dialysis after both his kidneys stopped functioning due to the severe assault he suffered at the hands of army men.
Nasrullah was admitted to SMHS Hospital in critical condition last week for initial treatment. He was then referred to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura after he was diagnosed with ‘acute kidney failure’.
According to doctors, Khan has been put on dialysis at SKIMS Soura as his kidneys are not functioning properly.
“His condition is very bad and we are closely monitoring it to bring him out of the crisis. He is suffering from acute kidney failure as both of kidneys are malfunctioning following the excessive beating,” Prof Muhammad Ashraf, a senior nephrologist at SKIMS, told Kashmir Reader.
“The medical condition is life-threatening as there are only 50 percent chances that his kidneys will recover. This time we want to give him the best treatment so that we can save him from complete kidney damage,” he said.
Khan has been admitted to Ward 4A of SKIMS Soura and his family has faced intimidation ever since he was released from army custody.
A resident of Devsar Lolab, Nasrullah went missing on August 31 along with a neighbour, Manzoor Ahmad, after both of them went together to look for cattle on the hills of frontier district Kupwara. Nasrullah was later found dumped in the hills of Tremuk Top while his friend and neighbour Manzoor is still missing since the army’s 27 RR detained them near a checkpoint in Bake Tarimuff area.
Nasrullah’s family told Kashmir Reader that some people are threatening them of dire consequences if they continue to fight the case against the army.
“Nearly six people came to threaten us at SMHS hospital. They also tried to snatch all the medical records of my uncle. When we resisted, they thrashed us and damaged the hospital property,” said Sheraz Ahmad, nephew of the victim.
Nasrullah was forcibly taken into the army barrack near a checkpost and was beaten and tortured there till he turned unconscious. The army was asking the whereabouts of militants which he said he was unaware of.
The victim had told Kashmir Reader that nearly fifteen to twenty army men pushed him on the ground and started beating him with cricket bats, stumps and iron rods. “They also kicked me on face, chest and legs till I broke down,” he had said.