Unknown gunmen mutilate teenager, burn his beard

Kashmir, Kashmir news,
Zubair Ahmad Kumar

Srinagar: Zubair Ahmed Kumar, a resident of Drabgam village, Pulwama was walking back home after an unsuccessful attempt to buy grocery from the market when he met four unknown gunmen and ended up being beaten ruthlessly by the group — lying helpless in the nearby almond field.

As being told, around 1 pm on Tuesday, a Maruti Suzuki’s Swift car approached the teenager, asking the way to Darsgah. “The driver seemed local, while the rest were probably non-locals; but all of them were communicating in Urdu,” said Mr. Kumar. The group further questioned him about the Mufti Ashraf Sahib, a teacher in the Darsgah. Appearing like lost commoners, Mr. Kumar stepped into the car to accompany the group.

As the car reached near the destination, the group flashed their guns towards Mr. Kumar and asked him to follow them. For the next 15 minutes, the group, according to Mr. Kumar, kept accusing him of helping militants.

After the thorough search of his body, when the group couldn’t find anything, they started beating him mercilessly. “Soon, they realized that I have no information. They took out two blades and ripped my forearm muscles, burnt my beard,” said Mr. Kumar. He also had numerous cigarette burn marks on his hand, allegedly done by the same group. A few moments later, people started gathering around the field, and the group flew from the spot — leaving the blade in his forearm.

A few locals came to the spot and took Mr. Kumar back to Darsgah. He studies in Madras-e-Talim-ul-Islam Tahab and feels that common people, especially students, are most vulnerable to such incidents. “We are being taken by such persons and treated in the same manner every day,” he said.

Talking to The Kashmir Walla, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Chandan Kohli said that the investigation is going on in the matter.

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