Kasganj survivor happy to be alive but worried about future
Naushad, a labourer, was caught in the mob violence on January 26 when he went to the shop he works at around noon.Updated: Feb 01, 2018 12:31 IST
Kasganj riot survivor Naushad Ahmad seems to fallen off the radar of the police and the administration.
Five days after he was shot, not a single policeman or anyone else from the administration has come to see him in the hospital or ask him any question as part of the probe.
Naushad is happy to be alive but deeply worried about his future and his three daughters who are still in the violence-hit town with their aunt.
The rest of his family, including four brothers, is at Aligarh’s JN Medical College where he underwent a surgery after a gunshot wound on a leg.
The youngest of his daughters Aliya is sick and could be taken to a doctor only on Wednesday evening, he said over the phone.
“Are they safe there in Kasganj? Are police protecting them?” Naushad asked.
“My worry stems from not a single policeman having visited me in five days at this hospital; nor has anyone told me who shot me and why? No one from the administration has asked me how I got this bullet injury; not even on the phone,” he said.
But the police said that Naushad had suffered collateral damage and was not involved in the skirmish. His statement will also be recorded.
“We will send a team to record Naudhad’s statements as our investigation proceeds,” said superintendent of police OP Singh who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the violence.
While Naushad was injured in the Kasganj violence, Abhishek Gupta also known as Chandan was killed.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for Chandan’s family amid demands that he be given the status of a martyr.
Naushad, a labourer, has been working for Narottam Agarwal, a marble dealer, for 16 years with his three brothers Dilshad, Shamshad and Irshad. He said he earns Rs 250 a day which goes up to Rs 300 sometimes.
He said that on Republic Day, his employer told him the shop will open after the celebrations. Naushad walked to the shop but found it closed. Thinking it would reopen sometime later, he decided to come back around noon.
When he was on the way back to his house at Nariyan Masjid Puliya, he said he heard an uproar in the lane that runs parallel to one leading to his house. “I could see a mob charging, chanting Vande Mataram and exhorting others to kill Muslims,” he recalled.
“I tried to get into my lane. It was too late, a bullet hit me in the leg and I fell down. With pain and blood gushing out, I somehow hobbled to my house and locked the door.”
His brothers later took him to Kasganj district hospital from where he was referred to Aligarh, about 60 km away.
“I didn’t know about any trouble while going to my house. All was normal on the way,” he said. He underwent surgery at the medical college and his brother Dilshad says the wound may take months to heal.
For now, the family is bearing the expenses of his treatment. But Naushad asks shouldn’t the administration have helped him with the treatment.
“I am a man of small means, so are my brothers. I will not be able to earn in the near future because my work involves loading and unloading the marble slabs and tile boxes.”
(With input from Chandan Kumar)