‘Forces rescued their men, civilians were left helpless’, Tral victim recounts carnage

Srinagar, Sept 26: Recuperating at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, this victim who was injured in a grenade blast on September 21 in busy Tral town wants to erase the memory of that day from her head.

She doesn’t want to recount the horror that displayed in front of her eyes that day and is eager to return to her home.

Daisy Rather, a resident of Lal Baab area of Tral, has undergone major surgery in her leg and has still some external injuries in her chest, brain and face, said a doctor at the hospital. She is currently in Ward 15.

Her 2-year-old daughter, Salbia Showkat, was also injured in the same blast and is too recuperating with her mother.

2-year-old Salbia Showkat at SMHS hospital on September 25

“The child has some minor injuries around her eyes,” said the doctor.

The victim’s brother, Muhammad Ayoub Shah, said that Daisy had an appointment with a doctor on that day and was heading towards the clinic.

“But fate had it that she came to the hospital rather than going to the doctor,” Shah said.

“She felt nearly unconscious when the explosion took place but still she rescued her  child from stampede and pellets,” Shah said, adding that while police were busy in rescuing their men, they didn’t offer any help to the civilians.

“The mother-daughter duo were not rescued by the police. Police only helped the injured cops and carried them to the hospital while the children were left there on the road. It was only after the locals gathered and rushed them to hospital,” Shah said

SP Awantipora, Zahid Malik, however, rubbished these claims and said that he was personally overseeing the rescue operation after the explosion.

“These claims are totally baseless. In fact, I along with DC Pulwama were the first to rush to the spot. The police personnel sustained minor injuries and were evacuated in our own security vans. The injured civilians were also rescued by the police officials and assisted with health care,” Malik told Narrator.

Two civilians died in the explosion and thirty were injured. The DGP SP Vaid denied that the grenade was aimed at R&B Minister Naeem Akhtar’s vehicle who was on an official visit to Tral.

No militant outfit claimed the attack. The Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and pro-freedom parties condemned it.

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