PDP President Mehbooba Mufti Sunday met youth who were injured in stone-pelting incidents on Saturday—the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Srinagar to address a rally. “I condemn the brutal attacks on people who attended the Prime Minister’s rally in Srinagar on Saturday,” Mehbooba said. “Nobody has the right to resort to violent means against people for following a certain political thought.” Mehbooba visited various Srinagar hospitals to “enquire about the condition of the persons injured in senseless stone-pelting incidents in various parts of Kashmir while they were on their way back after attending the Prime Minister’s rally in Srinagar,” a party spokesman said. “Such an unruly behavior is not acceptable in a civilized society and nobody has the right to browbeat and commit atrocities on cadres of the political parties who attended the Prime Minister’s rally,” she said. Mehbooba said while the Government has already ordered an official inquiry into the tragic death of a youth in Mustafabad, “people who instigate gullible boys to resort to violent actions must stop exacerbating the miseries of Kashmiris who have underwent the darkest era of death and destruction for the past more than two decades.” Mehbooba visited SMHS Hospital Srinagar where three youth Sonaullah of Bandipora, Tanvir Ahmad of Pattan and Manzoor Ahmad of Pattan are undergoing treatment after they suffered “grievous injuries in stone-pelting” yesterday while they were on their way home after attending the Prime Minister’s rally. She also enquired about the condition of Muhammad Shaban of Handwara, Ashiq Hussain of Baramulla, Suhail Ahmad of Kulgam and Bashir Ahmad Bhat of Baramulla who were injured in similar circumstances and are undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura, the spokesman said. Mehbooba said that government will extend every possible help to the injured. She also gave cash assistance of Rs 10,000 to the families of the injured, the spokesman said. One person, Sanaullah Dar, with a loss of an eye due to a stone that hit him at Ajas while he was travelling to participate in PM rally at Srinagar, was receiving treatment at SMHS Hospital. Doctors said his eye had been “completely damaged and only cosmetic restoration could be done on that.” At SKIMS, a youth hit by a stone is in a critical condition, they said. According to SKIMS administration, 20-year-old Sohail Ahmed Laway of Chalgam Kulgam was operated upon for a skull hemorrhage and is in a critical state in SICU. Three more men, Handwara, Chadoora and Baramulla with head injuries were also receiving treatment at SKIMS. On Sunday, 25-year-old Faheem Dar from Batingoo Anantnag was admitted at SKIMS with a tear gas injury in his hand due to which he has lost his fingers, doctors said. At SKIMS Medical College Hospital, 22 year old Azhar Rasool from Shooloora Kupwara was also receiving treatment. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.
2015 Kashmir Despatch