17-year shot while playing cricket battling for life
By Zishan Amiri
Srinagar, Apr 02: The 17-year-old Muneeb Wani on Sunday had left his home early morning to play cricket in a local playground in Shopian, which was just at a distance of four kilometres from the encounter site.
A day later, on Monday, Muneeb is now battling for his life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the SMHS Hospital.
As per his father Abdul Majeed Wani, Muneer and his friends took a run fearing the army’s convoy that had passed by the playground.
“Looking at them running, the Army blindly fired some bullets,” Abdul paused, adding: “Of which, one of the bullets pierced through Muneeb’s back.”
“He had left the house saying he has to go because his team is playing a final match,” he continued.
With tears just waiting to roll down, Abdul added, “That match won’t become Muneeb’s final one, right? Please tell me it won’t?”
Dr Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent has described Muneeb’s medical status as “life-threatening”.
“The hospital has received four bullet injuries so far, of which, one (Muneeb) is critical and has been kept under intense medical care,” Tak told The Kashmir Monitor.
So far, four civilians have lost their lives and over 150 have suffered injuries due to the pellets, bullets, and shells fired by the government forces; the highest in one single day since the 2016 unrest.