Srinagar, August 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, when Kishtwar was burning, 42-year-old Bashir Ahmed Sheikh could not escape the fury because of his disability. Bashir was charred to death by a mob and later his body was thrown in Eidgah. Father of 4 children, Bashir was handicapped and could not walk properly.
Locals told media men that the police recovered an unidentified body from Eidgah late Friday night. “The body was beyond recognition and the victim was charred to death,” they said.
The body was later identified to be that of Bashir Ahmed Sheikh of Sangrambata, a small village on Kishtwar outskirts. As per family the deceased was identified from his belongings. “There was just a piece of shirt and shoes left from which he was identified”, they said.
The family members said that the deceased had gone to the house of his sister in Sarkoot locality to pay Eid greetings. “He was returning home when the communal clash broke out here Friday morning,” a relative of the Bashir said. He added that the deceased could not have thought that he would be targeted, being handicapped.
“Probably he was chased by the mob in Kuleed area but he could not run for safety due to his disability,” the family members said.
Locals claimed that miscreants had used car tyre and petrol to set Bashir on fire. Doctors at District Hospital in Kishtwar said that the victim had suffered 100 per cent burn injuries.
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