AS CURFEW and restrictions continued on Wednesday, a 25-year-old youth was critically injured when he was allegedly stabbed in the head in Bichroo village of Kulgam. While his relatives blamed the police, Kulgam Superintendent of Police Shridhar Patil denied the allegation.
The victim, Rameez Ahmad Ganai, was taken to the district hospital in Anantnag, from where he was referred to Sher-i Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar.
“The SOG (Special Operations Group of J&K Police) men barged into our house and stabbed him in the head multiple times with a knife,” said Nazir Ahmad Ganai, a relative. “Then they tried to burn him alive but we managed to free him and took him to hospital,” he said.
Denying the allegation, Kulgam SP Shridhar Patil said “there was no raid in Bichroo”.
Meanwhile, curfew remained in place across the Valley for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. Protests were reported from several areas.
People offered Eid prayers at Bijbehara in Anantnag on Wednesday — police did not allow residents to congregate for prayers at the local Eidgah on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which over 20 people were injured. On Wednesday morning, the prayers were held at the Jamia Masjid, close to the ancestral home of CM Mehbooba Mufti.
“It was our way of showing defiance against the government for stopping Eid prayers,” said a resident of Bijbehara.
In Bandipore, protesters set fire to a local BJP leader’s showroom on Tuesday. Curfew was imposed in Baramulla and Handwara, police said.