Outside the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of the SK Institute of Medical Sciences here, Naseema Bano inquiries about the condition of her husband Muhammad Ashraf from every person coming out from the critical-care Ward.
"How is his condition now? Does he talk," Naseema asks a doctor near the Ward.
40-year old Ashraf, according to doctors, was hit by a "teargas shell" in his head on Monday evening and is battling for his life. He has suffered brain trauma and multiple fractures in his face and head.
Lying flat on Bed No 12 inside the ICU, Ashraf is motionless; his face and head swollen. "He has deep contusions in brain. The impact has badly damaged his skull resulting in multiple fractures and extensive damage to brain," said a doctor who attended to him. "We are keeping a watch on him but his condition is very critical."
Hit in the right side of his head, Ashraf's right eye is also injured, in addition to multiple fractures on his face.
Connected to vital-signs monitor which beeps regularly indicates that Ashraf's heart is functioning, except that there is no sign of life in him, the doctor said.
A cable operator by profession, Ashraf, according to his brother Javaid, had gone out to repair a cable line in nearby Bidder village when he was hit.
"There were protests in the village but he (Ashraf) wasn't part of those protests. I don't know how a teargas shell hit him. All I know is that he had gone to repair a cable in that area," Javaid said, trying hard not to break down.
Ashraf's three minor children—oldest being 10 year old son—are too small to understand the tragedy that has befallen them. "They are just waiting for their father to return home."
Naseema laments that she had no clue that her husband was hurt so grievously till late evening. "I was giving fodder to cow. No one told me about him," she says.
A neighbor late in the evening broke the sad news to the family. "The news broke my back," she says, and sits down on the hospital corridor floor.
Having undergone a brain surgery, doctors say Ashraf has "not improved much". "He is intubated. His injuries are massive," they say.
Another injured from Qazigund, Shakir Ahmed Shah, is 'out-of-danger', according to doctors.
"Pellets had hit him just near the artery in neck. He has been very lucky," they said. Apart from neck, Shakir had also received pellets in back side of his head but these had not penetrated deep.
At SKIMS, over 160 injured have been admitted till date, with about 30 of them with bullet injuries. Five deaths have taken place at this hospital in the past 25 days.