Stone pelting in J&K smashes cop’s skull, damages his eye

Srinagar: The health of Jammu and Kashmir police officer Manzoor Ahmad Beigh who has been injured on Friday during the unrest in the valley is improving. Beigh has suffered major head injuries and his right eye was damaged as a stone hit him.

The police officer was shifted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi after getting referred from Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS). The station house officer (SHO) at Nigeen area of central Kashmir will soon get back to his work.

Beigh narrated the incident, saying: “I was on routine field inspection of the area with a team of six escorts when suddenly a group of youth attacked my bulletproof police van. Unfortunately, some stones got through and hit my head and eyes.” The police officer says that only small percentage of youth in the valley is responsible for all the unrest. “Our misfortune is that we are born in Kashmir. Had we been born in New Delhi, our lives would have been different,” Beigh said.

During the inspection, he had rolled down a window of the police van and it is when he was hit by a stone on the forehead and eyes. “While some youngsters in Kashmir are looking to create trouble, many adults and the elderly try to maintain peace. The biggest challenge is that our children should get a good education, healthcare and employment,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also visited him in Delhi and wished him good health. Beigh’s family in Kashmir is also anxious. He has two young daughters, aged eight and nine; and a two-month-old son.