People in the Zamindar Mohalla neighbourhood of Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone town are holding daily special prayers for Shivam Shukla, a 16-year-old boy who was injured in communal violence and is fighting for his life in an Indore hospital.
Shivam was set to travel to his native Dhar area on April 11 to attend the wedding of his elder sister Kritika, but an attack by rioters on April 10, which resulted in severe brain injuries, landed him in a luxury Indore hospital.
While women in Khargone and Indore pray for his safety at their houses and neighbouring temples, some residents of Khargone and Indore have raised over Rs 2 lakh for his treatment.
On April 10, a 16-year-old kid named Shivam was the victim of Islamists hurling stones and petrol bombs at Hindus celebrating Ram Navami in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh.
On Ram Navami, Shivam Shukla was a part of the procession. Within minutes, the family’s festivities had turned into a nightmare. Shivam is currently undergoing treatment for brain injuries in a hospital.
The brain had been punctured by the broken skull bones, according to reports, and a clot had developed. Doctors performed surgery on Shivam in order to save his life. He is now in intensive care, fighting for his life but has regained consciousness.
According to a story in Nai Duniya, Shivam’s cousin Nilesh told them that he was hit by a stone. Dr Ghodgaonkar operated on Shivam and removed the pieces and other material that had gotten inside his head when he was hurt.
On Sunday, a curfew was imposed across the whole violence-plagued city of Khargone, which was later relaxed for two hours on Thursday, and only women were permitted to leave the house to acquire necessities. Nearly a hundred people have been arrested as a result of the incident thus far.