Srinagar: Younis Muhammad, 28, struggles to speak every time visitors ask about his well being. Doctors say he has suffered multiple fractures on his face due to “serious impact”.
The serious impact is what Younis suffered when a paramilitary CRPF vehicle ran over him at Nowhatta Chowk this Friday. The vehicle ran over two others as well, one of whom, Qaiser Amin of downtown Srinagar, is dead.
Younis is a marketing professional. He had just met a client and was walking back home on Friday when he stopped at a shop and started talking to a colleague about pending bills. It was about 3:45pm. Some youths gathered nearby and started protesting near the intersection of Nowhatta and Khwaja Bazar.
He says he saw a white gypsy of the CRPF suddenly coming from Khoj Bazar towards Jamia Masjid and the youth who had gathered for protests trying to stop it. The vehicle didn’t stop.
“As soon as the gypsy reached near Nowhatta Chowk, the protesting youth tried to stop it. But it sped up and mowed down two youths. I immediately ran towards the vehicle to rescue them. While I was pulling out one of the youths, the vehicle driver trampled me, too,” Younis told Kashmir Reader at SKIMS Soura, where he is admitted at the Surgical Observation ward.
He said that many other people at Nowhatta Chowk tried to stop the vehicle while he was stuck under it. “The gypsy didn’t stop and crushed me, too. I lost consciousness and opened my eyes in hospital. I don’t believe that I survived such a gruesome act,” he said.
According to doctors, Younis has suffered polytrauma and multiple lacerations on head, face, arms, legs and chest.
“It’s a miracle that he survived a severe polytrauma,” a doctor treating him at SKIMS Soura told Kashmir Reader.
“We have put him on conservative treatment. He may need surgical intervention later when he recovers from trauma,” the doctor said. “He is under close surgical observation of neurosurgery, CVTS, and plastic surgery.”
The doctor said that Younis will take at least a week to be able to walk again. “We will probably discharge him after a week, but till that time he needs strict observation,” the doctor said.
Younis is the lone breadwinner of his family which lives in Buchwara, Dalgate. He lives there with his elderly parents and two sisters.
Younis works as a marketing executive for Royal Company and often goes to Nowhatta on Friday as part of his professional duties.
“We came to know about his injury late evening after some women called at our home. We came rushing to SKIMS where he had been put on life support,” said Shahid Ahmad, his cousin.