Lying on a bed with pellet injuries all over his body, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat writhes in pain in Ward No 8 of general specialty SMHS hospital here, after having survived a "rubber bullet" injury in his abdomen at Kareemabad area of Pulwama on Sunday. The weeks-long treatment to his "badly" pellet-injured eye is yet to start. The thought that he might never be able to see with his right eye again weighs heavily on his mind. Bhat—one of 13 civilians admitted in SHMS hospital today with pellet injuries to their eyes—cries.
"This pain is unbearable. Please do something," he says.
But soon the expression on his face changes and a smile is seen on his lips. From the corner of his eyes, Bhat, catches the sight of his two kids, Falak and Momin, approaching towards him in the Ophthalmology Ward.
Aged between four and five years, Falak and Momin, who were accompanying their mother, are too young to understand about the injuries their father has suffered.
Falak moves her hand on father's abdomen softly without uttering a word. Suddenly she stops her hand at the sight of the bandage around his abdomen.
Her brother Momin, standing behind her, looks curiously. For a few minutes the kids, silent, fix their eyes on their father's face. "I am ok. How are you?" Bhat, who deals with Pashmina Shawls, presents a smiling face to his kids.
But there is no response from either of them.
Moments later, Momin tries to climb the bed and sit in the lap of his father but is stopped by his mother. "Not now. Papa is ill," she sighs. Bhat was one of over 150 civilians injured in forces' action in Kareemabad today morning after people hit the roads against midnight raids in the area.