Pulwama cousins battle bullet, pellet injuries at SMHS hospital

“It was just blood and mayhem all around before I too fell on ground with my eyes bleeding,” he said.

ZEHRU NISSA
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 17 2018 12:44AM | Updated Date: Dec 17 2018 2:39AM
Pulwama cousins battle bullet, pellet injuries at SMHS hospitalFile Photo: Aman Farooq/ GK

Shabir Ahmad Kar, 25, recalled on Sunday what he called “the morning of deaths” in Sirnoo village of southern Pulwama district where government forces killed at least seven civilians following a gunfight with militants a day earlier. 

“The gunfight was over. An armoured vehicle of forces was moving slowly as a large number of people had gathered to protest at the encounter site as well as on the nearby main road,” Kar, whose both eyes were injured by pellets fired by forces at the protesters, said at the general specialty SMHS hospital here, where he is undergoing treatment.

Recounting the “horror” that led to killing of seven civilians after the gunfight, Kar said “forces fired indiscriminately”. “Initially forces were out with big batons from windows of their vehicles to disperse the protesters. But it started raining bullets and pellets from all sides,” Kar said. 

“I started to run for safety, but had nowhere to go. People were falling down around me,” he said, as an elderly lady shed his tears and loosened the bandage around his eyes. 

“It was just blood and mayhem all around before I too fell on ground with my eyes bleeding,” he said.

On Sunday, some family members of Kar prepared to take him home in Sirnoo village and after some days to “outside the state” for treatment to save his eyesight, while others ran between two floors of the SMHS hospital.

While Kar had been provided “primary treatment for perforations in eyes”, his cousin Jehangir Ahmed, 25, battles a massive bullet injury in his abdomen. 

To save Ahmed’s life, doctors had removed a major portion of his intestine. “However, due to extensive blood loss, his condition continues to be serious,” a doctor on duty at ward number 15 told Greater Kashmir. 

A vital signs monitor and many tubes are connected to his body. 

Ahmed gestured his father to cool off his face with a hand-held fan. His father, however, wailed as he waved a cloth fan over his pale face. 

Ahmed spoke with difficulty due to weakness and a nasal tube. 

“I wanted to move my auto to safety. They killed…They killed…,” he said. 

His father asked him to stop talking as he gasped for breath.

The cousins worked together, Ahmed’s father said. “They drove a load carrier auto and sold apples in it. Now both are here: victims of forces’ fury.”

In the ophthalmology ward, where Kar was admitted, Rameez Ahmed from MurranPulwama—who sustained injury in his right eye in action by forces in the district on Saturday—was surrounded by his friends and relatives. 

“A bullet pierced a young man’s head right in front of me, while he was trying to run away from forces,” he said. “The bullet killed him on the spot.”

Rameez said he was injured at Murran where there was no stone pelting. 

“At Murranchowk, very few people had gathered, but forces aimed a gun towards me and fired pellets,” he said.

 

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