Young man shot on election day loses battle with life
ANANTNAG: Muzaffar Ahmed Mir, 23, son of Ghulam Muhammad Mir of Zangpora Kulgam, who had been hit by a bullet in his thigh during clashes in Baroosa area of Ganderbal on April 9, when the election for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was held, died on Wednesday at SKIMS hospital in Bemina, Srinagar. Muzaffar was working as wage labourer in Ganderbal for the past one-and-a-half year.
When he was hit by a bullet, Muzaffar was brought to SKIMS hospital in Bemina for treatment. From there, his family members said, doctors referred him to SKIMS Bemina.
“At SKIMS, Muzaffar was operated on twice during the night and he was given 11 pints of blood,” his family members told Reader.
They said that on the next day, doctors at SKIMS referred him back to SKIMS after his condition deteriorated. “At SKIMS he was again operated on and kept in intensive care unit for nine days,” Ajaz Ahmed, brother-in-law of the deceased, said.
He said Muzaffar was declared dead early Thursday morning.
A pall of gloom descended on Zangalpora, the native village of Muzaffar, after his body reached there in the morning. A huge number of people from different villages came to Zangalpora to participate in his funeral prayers. Massive freedom protests, witnesses said, were held in the area. Thousands of people raised Azadi slogans while his body was carried to the graveyard. A complete shutdown was observed in Zangalpora, Kelam and adjoining areas to pay homage to the slain youth.
Some of the youths injured on April 9 are still admitted in hospitals.
Muzaffar is survived by his ailing mother and three siblings, including a sister. The family lives in a dilapidated kaccha house.
Muzaffar had come to Ganderbal two years ago, a few months after his father died of cancer. In the 14 months since he left home to work as wage labourer in Ganderbal, he had not visited home even once. Four days before he was injured, he had called his brother-in-law to say that he will be visiting home in a week’s time.
“The family was eagerly waiting for his arrival. Who knew he would be brought home dead,” Ajaz Ahmed, brother-in-law of Muzaffar, said.
Muzaffar’s death is the second tragedy to befall the family in two years. His father’s death from cancer was the first.
“After Muzaffar’s father was diagnosed with cancer, the family sold almost all its fertile agricultural land for his treatment. The remaining land was washed away by the floods in 2014. All the three siblings were toiling hard and had started constructing a little house out of their hard-earned money,” said a neighbour.