Victims narrate woeful tale

‘FRENZIED MOB HIT EVERYTHING THAT CAME THEIR WAY’

ZANSKAR VIOLENCE

Srinagar, Oct 25: Lying on a hospital bed in SKIMS Soura, elderly Amina Bi is writhing in pain. Fear is visible in her eyes and her face has turned pale due to punches she received from the frenzied mob that attacked her house on October 23 at Padam in Zanskar area of Kargil district of Ladakh region.
 “They were in dozens,” Amina murmurs. “I thought they will kill me. Their faces still haunt me as they were very angry.”
 In the same causality ward of SKIMS, Muhammad Shafi, Amina’s nephew is lying on another bed. “The mob tried to attack Shafi. They barged into our house and started ransacking everything. They were carrying iron rods and sticks in their hands. As I tried to save Shafi, they dragged me on the floor and hit me on my face,” says Amina.
 She said the attackers created so much scare that it seemed they were going to kill every one of us. “We don’t know what our fault is and why we were beaten. Whatever the case, we are very much afraid and in deep shock,” says Amina in a choked voice. She has received injuries on her head and abdomen besides serious bruises on her face.
 Chipping-in, 45-year-old Shafi said the attackers were in hundreds. “For a moment, I thought, I am dead, I lost one of my teeth and received grave injuries on my head,” he says. “They damaged our house and even broke down our furniture besides kicking other belongings.”
 A senior doctor at SKIMS said both the patients were out of danger. “They had minor fractures and head injuries. We have treated them and I hope both will recover soon,” he said.
 Abdur Razak Wani, a senior resident of Padam, Zanaskar told Greater Kashmir over phone, that Muslims, whose number is miniscule, are facing insecurity at all levels in the area. “We are not even thousand in number,” says Wani. 
 The two patients are not able to contact their relatives in Padam, Zanskar as the authorities have cut the all sources of connectivity like telephones and mobiles services. According to locals of Zanskar, the area is not even having proper electricity and people are confined to their homes due to strict curfew in the area since October 23.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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