Shot by gunmen, PDP Sarpanch bunks hospital for vote

Shot by gunmen, PDP Sarpanch bunks hospital for vote

To the surprise of everybody, a PDP Sarpanch (village) who was undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura after being shot at by unknown gunmen 12 days back, was seen at a polling booth in his native village

 Wachi (Shopian), Dec 14: To the surprise of everybody, a PDP Sarpanch (village) who was undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura after being shot at by unknown gunmen 12 days back, was seen at a polling booth in his native village of Sugan here pleading with people to vote for his party.

 Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat 37, PDP Sarpanch (village head) of village Sugan in Wachi constituency was critically injured after gunmen fired upon him near his village on December 1. He was immediately rushed to SKIMS for treatment. He underwent surgery and was recuperating with doctors informing that it would take a few months for him to recover fully.

Sheeraz was yet to be discharged from hospital and even surgical stitches in his abdomen have not been removed yet.

But everybody was surprised today when they saw Sheeraz limping with the help of two men towards the local polling booth. “People at the polling booth rushed towards him asking how and why he was here in such a bad condition,” eyewitnesses said. They said Sheeraz’s pat reply was; “I have come here to work for my party as I want to see my party winning”.

When this correspondent talked to Sheeraz and enquired about his health and reasons for arriving at the polling booth in such a critical condition, he said; “I still have stitches in my abdomen and have not been discharged from the hospital yet. But I came here for my party which has been very helpful for me when I needed them the most”.

“Mehbooba Ji and Haseeb Sahab came to see me in the hospital and also offered all possible help. This was an inspiration for me and reenergized me to work for my party when they needed me the most. I have always and will continue to work for them with same zeal in the future. I was elected as Sarpanch by my people and it is my duty to work for their welfare. Today was very important day for me and tomorrow I will go back to the hospital,” Sheeraz added.

The Sugan village witnessed brisk polling with most of the voters talking about change and development.