Tral youth beaten at army camp, referred to Srinagar hospital

Tral youth beaten at army camp, referred to Srinagar hospital
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Mohammad Suhail

Anantnag: A youth was ruthlessly beaten allegedly by the army in Tral area at a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp where he had gone to get his identity card, which had been taken from him by army soldiers a day before.
The injured youth, Murtaza Bashir Sheikh, has been shifted to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment after getting first-aid at Sub-District Hospital Tral.
Sheikh is a resident of Kuchmulla village in Tral and was allegedly tortured at the 42-RR camp at nearby Panzoo Lurgam.
As per his family and local sources, army personnel from the said camp were patrolling Kuchmulla village when Murtaza was asked to prove his identity. When he showed his identity card the army men took it and asked him to collect it from their camp in Lurgam, Murtaza’s family members said.
Today, the family said, he went to get his I-card back but the army men demanded from him names of youth involved in stone-pelting. “He does not even venture out of his house when there is any stone pelting. Obviously, he would not have known the names,” the family said, adding that the infuriated army men beat Sheikh black and blue when he said he did not know any stone-pelters.
He was later allowed to go and was immediately taken to SDH Tral for treatment by his family.
A doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Reader that though Sheikh did not have much visible injuries, barring bruises on his hips, his blood pressure had dropped dramatically.
“Moreover, the oxygen concentration in his blood had decreased. We shifted him to Srinagar so that tests are conducted to pin-point the cause,” the doctor said.
He said that only a thorough investigation will reveal whether the boy has any internal injuries or not.
Today’s incident comes a day after 3 boys were ruthlessly beaten and their hair chopped off by daggers, allegedly by government troops in Lurgam area of Tral. One of the injured had to be shifted to Srinagar in critical condition.
Defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia could not be reached on his phone despite repeated attempts.
Superintendent of Police Awantipora, Zahid Malik, told Kashmir Reader that the incident was not in his knowledge yet. “I will check it out,” Malik told this reporter over phone.

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