Manzoor recounts horror he endured on July 9

Srinagar, September 18, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Manzoor Ahmad Naik (23) of Rambhama village of Kulgam district recounts the horror he had to face on the day when whole Kashmir erupted in protests and witnessed a number of killings and hundreds received injuries particularly in south Kashmir.

Driver by profession, Manzoor was carrying injured to hospital when he was shot at and beaten along with other wounded patients by forces at Chowlgam camp in Kulgam on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani was killed.“I was purely doing my duty and it is also humanitarian to carry an injured person to hospital. I never knew that I would meet the same fate,” says Manzoor, who was discharged from hospital more than a month after going through multiple surgeries.

Manzoor, according to Hospital record has firearm injury in right side of chest.
Manzoor says he was carrying three persons, who had got injured at Nehama camp, when he was stopped by Indian forces at Chowlgam camp, less than a kilo meter ahead of Kulgam town. Two people, Khurshid Ahmad Mir of Harwatt, Kulgam and Azad Ahmad Thoker of Pudsoo, Shopian died and more than 10 persons got injured in forces firing at Nehama camp on July 9.

“As soon as we reached near Chowlgam camp, army personnel and task force fired indiscriminately on our vehicle. I received a fire on my left side of upper arm and lost control over driving. The tyres got deflated and the forces came, pulled us down, beat us ruthlessly and left us there with blood oozing from our wounds. Even though I had injured people in my vehicle, they didn’t show any mercy,” narrates Manzoor.

“I fell unconscious and regained consciousness only in the hospital. I would have bled to death but for some nearby residents who took us to Kulgam hospital.” There were a number of injured persons and people accompanying them, who were beaten or held by forces at Chowlgam. These people had mostly got injured at Damhal Hanjipora, Nehama and Nellow camps.

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