"Neither was he part of any protesting rally nor was he out to attack any forces camp. Then why was he hit by teargas shell on head," asks Wasim Ahmad, grandson of 76-year old Ghulam Muhammad Khan who is battling for life at Surgical Intensive Care Ward of SKIMS Soura here.
Khan, a former president of Secretariat Employees Union had gone out for a brief stroll outside his house for few minutes when he was hit by shell on his head at Ellahi Bagh near Government Housing Colony on 90-feet road Soura on November 2.
As per medicos treating him, there are "bleak chances" of his survival. "His 95 percent brain has been damaged by the shell. There are bleak chances of his survival. Currently, he is on ventilator and continues to be in critical state," said a senior medico attending him at SKIMS.
Lying on Bed no. 14 of SICU ward, Khan is battling for his life while his family outside are yet to come to terms about the incident.
"There was no protest or stone pelting going on at the time when my grandfather was targeted by forces," said his grandson Wasim Ahmad.
Recalling the incident, Ahmad said that at around 11 am, he went outside along with his friends for a stroll. "Everything was normal in the area, although there was clashes going on in Anchar area which is three kilometers away from our residence where my grandfather was hit," he said.
"He along with his friends was sitting on the parapet of housing colony park adjacent to his house. All of a sudden, forces came out of gypsy and fired teargas shell which hit my grandfather on the back side of his head causing grievous injuries to his brain, "he said.
"It is ironical that now forces are not even sparing elderly people. My grandfather didn't have even strength to lift a pebble, how is it possible that he would throw stones at forces. This belies the justification to civilian killings given by Chief Minister stating that those attacking camps were hit by forces," he said. "We have lodged First Information Report (FIR) in Soura police station seeking action against the accused forces personnel and have also handed over the shell which hit my grandfather. So far no action has been taken in this regard. If the police would have been serious, they could have easily traced personnel involved in the incident by the number inscribed on the shell which would clearly point who had hit him," he added.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr. Tabish Amin said "Khan's condition continues to be critical, he is on ventilator and we are monitoring his condition on regular basis."
A senior police official informed that FIR no. 124/2016 has been lodged into the incident and investigations are on "to find out the reasons behind his injury."
"Family of the injured has handed over a tear gas shell and after FSL gives its report, it can be ascertained whether he was injured by shell or stone. But police has initiated probe into the incident as there were no protests happening in the area where this elderly man was hit," said a police official.