Abrar's family claimed that many hospitals turned him away and he could be admitted to Apollo Hospital later w...Read More AGRA: Death toll in the December 20 violence in Firozabad rose to seven after a 28-year-old daily-wage worker, Mohammad Abrar, who took a bullet in his spinal cord, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night. A resident of Masrurganj Gali No. 10 under Rasoolpur police jurisdiction area, Abrar is survived by six-year-old son Mohammad Yusuf and physically-challenged wife Farhana Begum.
AGRA: Death toll in the December 20 violence in Firozabad rose to seven after a 28-year-old daily-wage worker, Mohammad Abrar, who took a bullet in his spinal cord, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night.
A resident of Masrurganj Gali No. 10 under Rasoolpur police jurisdiction area, Abrar is survived by six-year-old son Mohammad Yusuf and physically-challenged wife Farhana Begum.
Speaking with TOI, Abdul Mutalib, younger brother of Abrar, said, "On January 9, he was discharged from Delhi's Apollo Hospital after a 'successful surgery'. He was bed-ridden at home. On Sunday night, around 11:15 pm, he complained of uneasiness and severe pain in the back and died within a few minutes." Abrar's family claimed that many hospitals, including AIIMS, turned him away and he could be admitted to Apollo Hospital later when AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan came to their rescue. "On December 20 afternoon, he was returning from work when he was caught in the clashes between stone-pelters and police. He was shot in his spinal cord and also had injuries in his arm. We found him lying in a pool of blood near Naini Glass Chouraha around 7:30 pm," said Abdul Mutalib. "We decided to take Abrar to S N Medical College in Agra and drove 50 km on our motor-bike, holding him between the rider and pillion."
"By 9 pm, we had reached S N Medical College, where doctors conducted his X-ray and kept him on a stretcher for more than an hour. Seeing him writhing in pain with a bullet in his spinal cord, we decided to take him to a private hospital. So, we took him out by signing a Leave against Medical Advice form. But at least three private hospitals denied him admission. Finally, a Sanjay Place-based private hospital gave him minor medical aid and referred him to Delhi," Mutalib said.
"In Delhi's AIIMS, the on-duty doctor did not even allow Abrar to be taken out of the ambulance. She saw the referral papers and said that no bed was available," he said.
"Later, AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was briefed about Abrar case, contacted us. He immediately shifted my brother to Apollo Hospital, where surgery was conducted by the help of Delhi government," said Abrar's younger brother.
Mutalib said, "It's disappointing that my brother who was not even named in any FIR was not provided any kind of help by the UP government or district administration." Later, Amanatullah Khan told TOI, "No matter if a person is accused of any crime or not, it's the government duty to provide medical help to the victim. UP government failed to execute its duty. Most of the expenses, including surgery, were borne by Delhi government, while the victim's family had to pay Rs 80,000." Married for eight years, Abdul was the second among five siblings but lived separately along with his wife and son.
Firozabad superintendent of police (city) Prabal Pratap Singh said, "This is the seventh death in December 20 violence. An FIR will be lodged based on the written complaint of the victim's relatives." By the time this report was filed, a panel of the doctor was conducting autopsy on the victim's body, which was being videographed. "Prior to the autopsy, doctors conducted X-ray of the victim's body in order to ascertain the bullet injury in the spinal cord," said a source. According to police records, those killed in the anti-CAA violence on December 20 in Firozabad included physically challenged Rashid, the father of a six-year-old girl; 33-year-old cattle trader Mohammad Haroon; 36-year-old scrap dealer Shafeeq; Arman, 24, Mukim, 20 and Nabi Jaan, 22 -- the three youngsters who were the sole bread winners.