One critical as Indian Army beats two local boys in Budgam, protests erupt

Residents of Daharmuna area of Budgam in central Kashmir staged a protests demonstration on Sunday against detention of seven local boys by Indian Army, two of them handed over to family in injured condition. As per reports, one of the injured youth has been referred to SKIMS where his condition is stared to be critical.

As per the protesters, army on Friday arrested seven local boys following the protests that erupted in the area in backlash of Zakir Musa’s killing.

“Seven minor boys were arrested by army, we requested army to release them but they responded to our request by saying they have have been handed over to police. Fazil Fayaz Malik (14) son of Fayaz Ahmad Malik of Hatharan Dharmuna and Hamidullah Sheikh son of Gulzar Ahmad Sheikh of Dharmuna were last evening handed over to families in injured condition.” a protesting local said.

The duo was taken taken to local hospital in critical condition where from doctors referred them to Srinagar hospitals. “Doctors refered Fazil to SMHS while they asked us to take Hamidullah to JVC Bemina. As Fazil has suffered critical injuries in head and his condition is critical, he was referred to SKIMS Soura by doctors in SMHS.” he further said.

The medical superintendent of SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Fazil is on ventilator and his condition is very critical. “He is very critical as he has injuries in head and he on ventilator.” he said. A protesting relative of Fazil said that they have been told by doctors that he is critical and coming 72 hours are very crucial for him. “He has been operated by doctors however there is no improvement in his health.” he said.

A police official when contacted said that army has hand over three boys to them who are still with them. “We are ascertaining the details.” he said when told about the allegations raised by locals.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in the Daharmuna and adjoining Soibugh area.