SRINAGAR: Though Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ‘confirmed’ the death of Muhammad Yasir – a Kashmiri businessman undergoing treatment after being attacked by goons in Russia a few days ago – in a tweet, there was some confusion since other reports quoted the man’s family saying he was critical but still alive.
Earlier, it was reported Yasir had succumbed on Wednesday morning in a hospital in Kazan province of the country. Swaraj had said she was pained to inform that Yasir was dead.
Yasir was hit by iron rods on his head by unidentified goons following which he was taken to Kazan Trauma Center, where he was in coma for many days. Qasim Haider, cousin of the victim told Kashmir Reader that Yasir 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 Hassanabad, Rainawari, was in the handicrafts business. Yasir, in his late twenties, had done his MBA from Kashmir University.
The news about the attack on Yasir broke when a person called Murtaza Jaffar in a tweet informed Swaraj that a Kashmiri had been attacked by local goons in Russia and that he had lost his money and documents. Swaraj immediately replied that Indian embassy officials will go and see Yasir in hospital tomorrow. “We will bear all expenses on his treatment,” she tweeted.
“I have got a complete report on Yasir. An Indian Doctor is treating him in Kazan Trauma Centre in Russia,” Swaraj tweeted 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.