Critically injured Tahir was on a video call at the time of the blast
Chaotic scenes were witnessed at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar as four children, including two siblings, injured in a mysterious blast in Memandar village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district were brought to the hospital on Wednesday.
Among the injured are two siblings, Razia, 8, and Tahir, 12, children of Khursheed Ahmad Sheikh.
Khursheed, who works in the Irrigation and Flood Control department, and his family, are terrified and in a state of shock.
Amina, mother of the duo, broke down outside the trauma theatre at SMHS hospital.
She had blood marks on her hands and face while her clothes were soaked with the blood of the injured children.
At the hospital, Amina kept inquiring from everyone about her two children and when a group of women tried to console her, she continued to cry.
According to the relatives of the children, Tahir was on a video call with his cousin when the explosion occurred, causing panic in the village.
“We were excited that we were seeing each other on screen. He was showing me a new smart phone. As we were on a video call, suddenly a blast exploded and the call dropped,” says Tahir’s cousin Adnan, who hails from Batamaloo.
Another injured, Arsalan, 11, son of Muhammad Aslam received severe injuries all over his body.
“He had asked his parents he will be back by lunch time not knowing that going for playing a while will land him in a hospital,” one of his relatives said.
A doctor treating Arsalan said, “He may lose vision in both eyes and his both feet have suffered grave injuries.”
Tahir and Arsalan are cousins who would play together not knowing the tragedy that was goiung to befall their families.
The fourth injured boy is Suhaib, who has received minor injuries on leg.
Riyaz Ahmad, a local, who attended to the injured, said he was at home when he heard a big bang.
“I ventured out to see what had happened and found four children crying for help while blood was oozing out of their bodies,” he said. “It is a place where all children of the neighbourhood often play.”
Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital, DrSaleemTak said Tahir was operated upon and stable now.
“One injured boy has been referred to Bone and Joints Hospital for specialised treatment while others are being treated and are under medical observation here but they are out of danger,” he said.