Srinagar, Jul 30: A frail 55-year-old, Ali Muhammad Ganaie, sits besides one of the many beds inside surgical observation ward of SKIMS, Soura jumping at every murmur his 17-year-old son, Shakir, manages to muster under the effect of sedatives.
An iron caste screwed around his head and a surgical collar holding his chin high, Shakir’s whispers plead his father to straighten his leg, occasionally, or wet his dry mouth with a wet cotton swab.
“Shakir has a C1 fracture,” a doctor at the ward told Rising Kashmir. “There are many bones that form the spine and our neck. Shakir has one or two of those bones fractured.”
According to his family, Shakir, a class 11th student, was ruthlessly beaten by policemen, just a kilometer away from his home in Dooru Shahabad area of Anantnag district.
The doctor says chances are high that Shakir might get paralyzed because of the grave nature of his injuries.
“We are trying our best and he is under constant observation but I don’t think odds are in his favor. He might not be able to move again. They have hit his neck with something, may be the butt of a gun. We don’t know for sure,” Ganaie, a government employee, says in his barely audible voice.
He says the family came to know about Shakir’s injury after they received a call from some volunteers at Anantnag district hospital. “By then he was already shifted here.”
Shakir was part of a peaceful protest march in Dooru Chowk Friday afternoon. CRPF and police personnel used tear smoke shells, pellet guns and lathicharge to disperse hundreds of protestors.
“Policemen somehow caught hold of Shakir and then beat him ruthlessly using their guns, boots and sticks,” Ganaie told Rising Kashmir, with a meek smile on his face and tears welling up in his eyes.
As per sources in Dooru and some eyewitnesses, Shakir was taken by the cops to the nearby police station. “They beat him again at the police station and sensing the nature of injuries they had inflicted on Shakir, the policemen took him to Anantnag district hospital,” a source told Rising