Kashmiri businessman attacked in Russia succumbs


Srinagar: Close relatives of the businessman Mohammad Yasir Shirazi of Hasanabad who was attacked in Russia by some local goons confirmed that he has succumbed to his injuries in a hospital on Wednesday even as some newspapers claimed he was still alive but in a critical condition.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the death of Kashmiri medical student who was reportedly in coma after attack by local goons.

In a tweet, Sushma Swaraj said, ‘I am pained to inform that Yasir-an Indian medical student from Srinagar has succumbed to his injuries in Russia’.

Sources close to Kashmir Observer revealed that Yasir is not a medical student as reported but a businessman who frequented Russia to see his younger brother Mohammad Iqbal who conducts exhibitions there.

The incident had came to light after Murtaza Jaffar, a friend of Yasir, informed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj through tweet which read,‘@SushmaSwaraj ma’am a kashmiri medical student has been attacked by local goons in Russia, he is in coma. Lost his money n documents too. SOS’.

After the tweet, Sushma Swaraj had offered help and had tweeted, ‘I have got complete report on Yasir. An Indian Doctor is treating him in Kazan Trauma Centre in Russia’.

Yasir comes of a respectable family whose father Javed Hussain Shirazi is the president of Husaini Welfare Organisation, Hasanabad.

A late night report carried out by a newspaper quoting Yasir’s uncle had suggested that he was alive but in a critical condition. 

“Yasir showed some positive signs last night when his younger brother visited him at the trauma centre. Later, his condition deteriorated and he is in a critical state,” the paper quoted Ali Mohammad Shirazi as having said. 

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