Assailant attack: Kashmiri youth dies in Russia

Srinagar: A Kashmiri businessman who was undergoing treatment after being assaulted by unknown attackers in Russia few days ago, died on Wednesday morning, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

The businessman identified as Yasir was hit by iron rods on his head by unidentified goons following which he was taken to Kazam Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries after being in coma for many days.

Qasim Haider, cousin of Yasir told Kashmir Reader that he had left Kashmir on March 3 to attend a business exhibition in Russia. This was his third trip to the country. Yasir, a resident of Rainawari, was doing a handicraft business. Yasir who was in late twenties is survived by a brother, sisters and parents. He had done MBA in Kashmir University.

Swaraj in a tweet had said that she was pained to inform that Yasir was dead.

The news about the attack broke when one Murtaza Jaffar in a tweet had informed Swaraj that a kashmiri had been attacked by local goons in Russia and lost his money and documents too. Immediately Swaraj replied that “Our Embassy officials will go and see Yasir in hospital tomorrow. We will bear all expenses on his treatment.”

“I have got complete report on Yasir. An Indian Doctor is treating him in Kazan Trauma Centre in Russia. @imsabbah @murtazajaffar,” wrote Swaraj in her tweet on Tuesday night. “I have spoken to the Indian Ambassador in Russia. He will contact the Trauma Centre.”

It was reported that Swaraj has said that she will take up this issue with Russian authorities.