Pellets eclipse Aftab’s light, shatters his dreams too
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Pellets eclipse Aftab’s light, shatters his dreams too

Wadoo family had never thought a “non-lethal” weapon would snatch the vision of their son.

Wadoo family had never thought a "non-lethal" weapon would snatch the vision of their son.

It was Friday, August 18, around 5:30 pm, Aftab Alam (21) of Bandipora was on his way to home when he was showered with volley of pellets by police.

 "I was on my way to home from the house of Imam-i-hi (Grand Imam) Khursheed Ahmad Naqshbandi. As I got on the main road, there was no disturbance. A group of policemen headed by some officer directly showered pellets on me. Though I tried to save myself, the burst hit my eyes," he said while recollecting the incident.

"The police men were just 20 feet from me. The pellets hit my right eye causing grievous damage to it," he added.

Aftab is in B Com (2nd year). He was looking ahead to work with some multi-national company after graduation but "my dreams were cut short as I have completely lost the vision in my right eye."

"I find even difficult to read with my left eye. I was getting career counselling. I was ambitious of working in a multi-national company. I am feeling hapless and handicapped now, unable to decide my future," Aftab said.

Aftab along with a group of local youth was "tasked with collecting ration and other edibles for poor in the town, by local Baitulmal."

They would go from village to village to collect ration and other edibles which were to be distributed among the needy in the town.

"On the fateful day, Aftab and his group mates were at Imam-i-Hi's residence making a list of the needy for distribution of the ration collected by them," said his father Mehraj-ud-din Wadoo.

Aftab is the only brother among three sisters in the Wadoo family. 

After the fateful incident Aftab was shifted to SMHS for treatment where he was operated upon his eye three times, once by renowned vitreo retinal surgeon Prof Dr. S Natrajan.

"The doctors who treated Aftab said that he has least chances of regaining the eye sight.

Dr. Natrajan, who also performed a surgery on him, has informed the family that he may regain partial eyesight but that is possible only within three months. "If he does not regain during this period, then only a miracle can do so," the family has been informed.

"The whole family has been shattered by what has happened to my son.

We are concerned about his future," his father said.

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