Srinagar: Mangiya Kareem was born with congenital deformity in hands and legs. His shriveled right leg and spindly left leg and deformed fingers in the hands therefore make his presence in Ward 16 of Bone and Joint Hospital quite unsurprising.
But soon you realise that he is one more victim of what chief minister Mehbooba Mufti implied, albeit mildly, “the disproportionate use of force”.
Mangiya, 16, a Gujjar youth from Bangivad Bala hamlet of Kulgam district, was playing with his friends in a field when a group of soldiers came there.
“While all the boys ran away, he couldn’t because you can see why,” said Abdullah, who is attending to Mangiya.
“The soldiers threw him into a drain. When we first saw him he was unconscious. We thought he was dead but we soon realised he was breathing. We rushed him to Khur hospital and then to Damhal Hanjipora hospital. They referred him to Bone and Joint hospital. We reached here at 2am,” Abdullah added.
Asked if there were protests in the area, Abdullah said, “No. There were no protests even in neighbouring villages. We wonder why they beat up a handicapped person.”
Doctors treating Mangiya said he had definitely been pushed into the drain as there was mud on his clothes when he was brought here.
“The trauma has caused fracture in his already handicapped leg. He is being monitored. We will operate on him in the coming week provided conditions improve. A plate might be inserted in his leg,” a doctor said, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.