‘Where is my injured son? Tell me for God’s sake’
Srinagar: Over 20 youth injured in forces’ action in Central Kashmir’s Chadoora area, one of them critically, were on Tuesday rushed to different hospitals in Srinagar for treatment. Of the 17 injured received at general specialty SMHS hospital, five had bullet injuries in different parts of their bodies while three had one of their eyes shattered by pellets. Two other youth were being treated for shell injuries and the remaining had pellet injuries in other parts of their bodies.
“All injured are stable,” said an official of the hospital administration.
At around 12 pm, the news about death of a civilian, Zahid Rashid Ganaie, who had received bullet injury in his neck during forces’ action on protestors in Chadoora, broke the silence outside the Trauma Theater (TT) of the SMHS hospital. Scores of youth and relatives accompanying Ganaie carried him out in a procession, chanting pro-freedom slogans. After some time, another youth, Aamir Fayaz Waza, of Wathoora, with a bullet injury in his chest, was declared as brought dead by the doctors as emotions among youth and attendants, who had assembled outside the TT, ran high.
“We tried our best but couldn’t resuscitate them. They were brought dead here,” said a doctor.
Minutes after Fayaz’s body was taken away, a woman, accompanied by a group of youth, rushed towards the Operation Theater. “Where is my son…for God’s sake tell me where is he,” she said repeatedly amid sobs.
“She is Amir’s mother,” a youth whispered.
For a moment, there was complete silence as nobody could gather courage to tell her about her son’s death. For another few minutes, the woman kept asking for her son, but people around responded with blank faces. Realizing the tragedy that had befallen the family, the youth took her back home as she cried bitterly.
“Oh my beloved, you hadn’t taken your dinner yesterday,” she cried. “Please come back.”
As the clock ticked past 1 pm, a young boy with bullet injury near his right shoulder was rushed into the OT on a stretcher. Among others, the boy identified as Adil Ahmad was accompanied by three women, one among them his mother.
“He will be fine, don’t worry,” a doctor tried to calm down Amir’s mother, Gulshan Bano. But tears kept rolling down her face as she prayed for the recovery of her son.
While Amir was undergoing surgery, two more injured persons, including a teenager, were rushed to the Operation Theater.
“The boy has clear bullet injury but it seems the other person was shot at with pellets from a close range,” a doctor said, after examining their CTs.
The boy, writhing in pain, led to emotional scene as youth chanted pro-freedom slogans. This time the women, some of them relatives of the injured, joined the sloganeering.
In the Ophthalmology Ward of the hospital, three youth with pellet injuries in one of their eyes were given preliminary treatment. Each of them had one of their eyes shattered by pellets.
“They have perforation in the eyes,” said a doctor.
At Bone & Joint Hospital here, five youth who had received bullet injuries in limbs were operated upon, said a doctor.
“The condition of one of the youths is critical. We are monitoring him closely,” said a doctor, identifying the injured as Irfan Ahmad.