Doctors say he is critical, chances of survival decreasing
By Iqbal Kirmani
SRINAGAR: Riyaz Ahmad Hakeem, a resident of Zadi Masjid, Safa Kadal, here has been battling for life at the Intensive Care Unit of the SMHS Hospital after he suffered a brain stroke due to excesses committed by the forces in his locality on August 5.
His brother, Fida Ahmad, said Hakeem was inside the local Masjid while people were gathering for peaceful protest against the civilian killings after Friday prayers.
“It was a peaceful protest and the head of the Mohalla committee approached the sub-inspector of police to allow the protest. He assured police that nobody will throw stones. But police and CRPF replied with indiscriminate teargas shelling,” Fida told Kashmir Reader.
The forces cordoned off the Masjid where Hakeem was still praying.
“The tear-smoke suffocated him. His blood pressure increased and he suffered a major brain stroke,” Ahmad said. “Riyaz is the sole bread earner of his family comprising of his three children and wife.”
Since then, Hakeem has undergone two surgeries, but he still has a blood clot inside his head. The latest surgery was carried on August 11, but it didn’t help either.
“He is critical, and chances of his survival seem to be decreasing,” one of his doctors told Kashmir Reader.