Srinagar, Sep 13: More than a month after he was critically injured in an alleged hit-and-run incident, the family of Burhan Bilal, a class 10th student from Rajbagh, said that the police have not yet arrested the culprit.
Eighteen-year-old Burhan was hit by a speeding car on August 4 near the Presentation Convent School.
Bilal Ahmad Khosa, Burhan’s father, said his son was sitting on a bike parked on the roadside when the speeding car “coming from the wrong side” hit him.
Burhan’s spinal cord has been badly damaged, he said.
While an FIR under sections 279, 337 of RPC was registered at police station Rajbagh, the police, Bilal alleged, has been “shielding the real culprit” and has named an “altogether different person in the FIR”.
Burhan, who was admitted to the Neurosurgery Department of the SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) for almost a month, has undergone treatment on August 21.
Advised “continuous change of postures” in the discharge certificate, Burhan is being helped by his father as he cannot move on his own.
“I had high hopes with him, but he has been crippled for life. His career is at risk. He cannot even appear in the upcoming matriculation examination,” Bilal lamented.
“I cannot afford going to the court, as it is a lengthy process. I want the culprit’s family to pay for Burhan’s treatment.”
Bilal said he has taken a loan of Rs 4 lakh treatment.
Station House Officer (SHO) Rajbagh, Ghulam Mohidin, said the victim’s family was adamant over their demand of “on the spot compensation”, which, as per him, was not possible.
“It is simply an accident, a bailable offence. We have produced the real culprit and the vehicle also. He has been bailed out as per law,” Mohidin said.
Over the family’s claims that the police have named a different person, Mohidin said, “How is that possible? How can a person agree to be lodged behind the bars on behalf of another person?”
“The vehicle belongs to him. How can a person, who is not the owner of the vehicle, be responsible for the accident?”