Chhattisgarh: Lone Survivor of Raipur Cow Vigilante Attack Succumbs to Injuries

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Saddam Qureshi, Chand Miya and Guddu Khan were chased and attacked by cow vigilantes as they transported buffaloes from Uttar Pradesh to Odisha.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Saddam Qureshi, the lone survivor of the three Muslims who were brutally attacked by cow vigilantes in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur earlier this month, has succumbed to his injuries after battling for life for 12 days.

Besides Qureshi, Chand Miya and Guddu Khan were chased and attacked by a Hindutva mob as they transported buffaloes from Uttar Pradesh to Odisha. The bodies of Chand and Guddu were found in the nearby river while Qureshi was found to be lying nearby with severe multiple injuries.

Qureshi breathed his last on Tuesday without recording a statement to the police. He was on ventilator support since the attack.

With the two victims already dead, the police were waiting for Qureshi’s recovery to record his statement to carry forward the investigations. 

On Monday, Qureshi was transferred from Shri Balaji Super Specialty Hospital, a private clinic in Raipur, to the government-run DKS Super Specialty Hospital, where he died, his cousin Shoaib Khan told reporters.

Raipur police also confirmed Qureshi’s death. They said no arrest has been made in the case so far.

Qureshi had major injuries and suffered multiple fractures on his ribs, shoulder and other parts of the body.

“He had a major injury on the right side of his brain due to which his head had swollen and blood circulation decreased. We performed decompressive craniectomy surgery on his head and another gastro-related surgery. He also suffered multiple fractures on his ribs, shoulder, pelvis, left hand and spine,” Dr Deepak Jaiswal, medical superintendent of the hospital where Qureshi was getting treatment, was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.

The Raipur police have lodged an FIR against unidentified individuals under Indian Penal Code sections including 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), and 307 (attempt to murder).

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