Shafaq ShahSrinagar, April 20:
“What has happened to me should not happen to anyone,” Iqra Sadiq told Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti when the latter visited her at SMHS hospital Wednesday evening.
Nineteen-year-old Iqra lies with a fractured skull at Sri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital here. A first year student at women’s college Nawa Kadal, Iqra was part of a protest march when amid the chaos a stone hit her on the head.
Iqra and other students were protesting against the police action at Pulwama degree college last Saturday in which over 50 students were beaten by police and paramilitary forces.
Left with grievous injuries, Iqra fears she may have to live a life of dependency like the young pellet victim Insha who lost her sight after being hit by a barrage of pellets in Shopian last year.
When Iqra expressed her fears, the chief minister offered her a job. Mehbooba said the government will take responsibility of her educational needs and job prospects.
The chief minister also directed the hospital administration to provide advanced medical treatment to Iqra adding that if needed she can be shifted outside the state for treatment.
Recalling the fateful day when she was injured, Iqra says, “In the afternoon, some girls started raising slogans in the ground of Nawa Kadal college and we all assembled and starting protesting.”
“The principal of the college didn’t allow us to go outside the college to stage protest. So we started protesting inside the campus. After the classes were over, we assembled and starting marching towards Eidgah.
“Policemen swarmed us and were pointing guns at us, but they allowed us to go. But then suddenly some boys, who were not in uniform, started marching with us and then a stone came from somewhere and hit me in my head and I fell down,” Iqra recounts.
Iqra was brought to hospital by her friends who had seen CRPF men hurling stone at Iqra. They informed her that she was injured by CRPF personnel and not the civilians.
Daughter of a coppersmith, Iqra wants the Chief Minister, who offered her some money while leaving the hospital, to take action against the CRPF men who hurled stone at her.”