Srinagar: Daisy Begum, 50, tries to control her emotions every time visitors enquire about her son. Within seconds, however, her silence breaks into tears and she starts wailing outside the Operation Theatre at SMHS Hospital.
“What will happen to me if he goes away from me?” she wails. “I want to see him once. Nobody is telling me about him.”
On Sunday, her 16-year-old son, Aqib Malik, resident of Shurat Kulgam, was critically injured in his abdomen and neck by the explosion at Larnoo village in Kulgam that has left 6 civilians dead, so far.
Daisy, who is a housewife, says the family was unaware of Aqib’s injury till the afternoon because he was at a relative’s home to prepare for his Class 10 Board exams.
“I came rushing to SMHS hospital with my husband after neighbours informed us about my son’s injury. I am yet to see him after the blast,” she said.
Aqib’s father, Shamshad Malik, is a driver by profession. He accused the government forces of laying explosives deliberately outside the encounter site.
“The blast occurred minutes after people gathered outside the house where the encounter took place. People who were inside the house are safe while those waiting outside became the casualty. Aqib was part of a gathering outside the house,” he told Kashmir Reader.
According to him, eyewitness accounts clearly indicate that it was a pre-planned explosion. “We are not mad. Police are doing a drama,” he said.
“How come this unfortunate incident happened? Isn’t this a deliberate attempt to scare people by hurting them?” he asked.
Doctors treating Aqib at SMHS said they had operated on him but he needs close monitoring for at least a week.
“There are serious injuries in his abdomen and neck as shrapnel have penetrated his body and damaged internal organs. We have repaired the tears. However, we will have to do another surgery to make him stable,” doctors said.
Six persons injured at Larnoo are currently admitted at SMHS Hospital, including five with pellet injuries in eyes.
“Two persons were declared brought dead at the hospital. One of the injured has been shifted to SKIMS Soura after receiving initial treatment for wounds all over his body,” said Medical Superintendent Dr Saleem Tak.