One of the two persons, who sustained severe burn injuries after some miscreants attacked a valley bound truck outside a local hotel in Udhampur on Jammu-Srinagar Highway, succumbed to severe burn injuries in the Capital’s Safdarjung hospital on Sunday. The deceased, identified as Zahid Ahmed, was brought to the city’s hospital on October 11 after he suffered 70 per cent burn injuries. He died in the intervening night of October 17 and 18.
However, the family members criticised the government for “not showing interest” in the case and demanded compensation. Maulvi Mohammed Ashraf, brother-in-law, of the deceased said, “Ahmed was admitted in the ICU, but after two days shifted to the general ward. Last night he vomitted and was shifted to ICU for five minutes where he succumbed to injuries. Doctors should have prioritised this case.”
He asked that when Ahmed was a victim of mob violence, why none of the political leaders visited the hospital. “We demand compensation in commensurate with the victim of Dadri incident,” he added.
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Communal tension brewed in the J&K after independent MLA Engineer Rashid’s “beef party” at the MLA Hostel in Srinagar ten days back and subsequent rumours of cow slaughter from different parts of the state.
Zahid was the conductor of the truck that was en route to Kashmir when a mob attacked it with petrol bombs on October 9. The driver of the truck Showkat Ahmed is admitted to the hospital.
The entire incident has been recorded on CCTV and two attackers were arrested immediately by the policemen deployed on patrolling duty.
Later two more persons were arrested and a manhunt was launched for three others.
The arrested included Harish Katoch Bal Bahadur, Sandoor Singh and Suneet Singh. All are residents of Udhampur in Jammu region.
Two persons first broke the front glass of the truck and later threw a petrol bomb inside the truck on October 9 night.
The two along with a cleaner were sleeping inside the truck at the time of the incident and Showkat and Zahid sustained burns while the cleaner, Rameez, escaped unhurt as he managed to jump out of the truck.
The truck was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu and was stationary near Shiv Nagar area as traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was stopped in view of the a strike called by various Hindu outfits following recovery of three carcasses of animals in the district.