Victims recount ‘night of terror’ at Khrew

Two brothers of Shabir Ahmad Mungoo of Khrew Pulwama, who was beaten to death by Army during midnight raids in the area, have suffered serious fractures in their limbs with bruises all over their bodies due to thrashing by the soldiers.
Victims recount ‘night of terror’ at Khrew
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Two brothers of Shabir Ahmad Mungoo of Khrew Pulwama, who was beaten to death by Army during midnight raids in the area, have suffered serious fractures in their limbs with bruises all over their bodies due to thrashing by the soldiers.

In his mid-20s, Zahoor Ahmad, the younger brother of Shabir who was a lecturer, has, according to doctors at Bone & Joints Hospital here, multiple fractures in his both arms while his legs are badly injured and wrapped in bandage. He has bruises all over his body.

"I and my two brothers (Javaid Ahmad and Shabir) were dragged out by the army personnel from our house and beaten outside along with scores of youth from the locality," Zahoor, a sumo driver, recounted.

Zahoor said he and Shabir were then taken to nearby bus stand along with more than 20 youth. "They (forces) kept beating us till 3 in the morning. While I and other youth were released later, my brother (Shabir) and another local Fayaz Ahmad was taken along by the army," he sighed.

"He (Shabir) was beaten badly by the forces but he was able to talk till we were together up to 3 am," said Zahoor, lying on the bed.

Shabir's elder brother Javaid Ahmad, who too was beaten by the army personnel, has fractured left arm. "The army came from all sides. They barged into the houses, started beating inmates and dragged out women from the houses," said Javaid, a government employee.  

A doctor said they had decided to operate upon Zohoor to fix his fractured bones. "But his creatinine level is high and he needs to be shifted to SMHS hospital for managing this problem first," he said.

Zahoor's both arms have been put in a cast and wrapped with bandage to prevent further injury while Javaid's fractured arm has been plastered.

"The entire family is devastated," said parental uncle of Zahoor.

BRUISHED BODIES AT SMHS HOSPITAL

In Ward No 18 at SMHS hospital, the story is of bruised bodies and swollen limbs. The tragedy that the Khrew area went through overnight was summed up by PDP Sarpanch Abdul Ahad Sheikh, one among scores of persons who were thrashed by army personnel and has bruises all over the body.

He said a group of army men led by an official had come to the village on Wednesday morning and asked a group of elders to report at the local camp on Thursday morning.

Sheikh said he told the forces that it was not possible to go to the camp due to prevailing situation.

"In the night, around 10.30 pm, they barged into the village, cordoned off entire area mohalla-wise and started beating people," he said. "They broke doors and windows, furniture and other household items which came in their way and targeted inmates, young and old," he recounted as tears rolled down his eyes.

Abdul Hamid, another injured from the Khrew area with bruises all over his body, said: "The army left the village at 4 am. But we waited for some time, till there was ample day-light."

"They kicked my four year old son Mohsin, squeezed his arm and pushed him against the wall. I leaped and covered his body with mine and they kept beating me," recalled another injured Zahoor Ahmed, a 30-year-old laborer with a bandaged head, bruised back and shirt drenched in blood.

As per authorities, 91 injured were given first aid at PHC Khrew and 9 injured were treated at SDH Pampore. Later, over 30 injured persons were referred to different Srinagar hospitals of whom 23 injured were admitted at SMHS Hospital and three at Bone & Joint Hospital.

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