Srinagar, November 25: An 11th class student was critically injured after he was fired upon by Indian forces with pellet gun in Srinagar.

The emergency ward of the SMHS Hospital witnessed chaotic scenes when a 16-year-old boy, Zahid Ahmed, from Zonimar area in Srinagar was brought there with severe pellet injuries in his abdomen. He was operated upon immediately and doctors said that hundreds of pellets had pierced his right abdomen region.

“Pellets have been fired probably from point-blank range,” doctors at the SMHS Hospital said.

People accompanying Zahid were agitated when they brought him to the hospital in critical condition, with his clothes soaked in blood. Zahid’s family told media that Indian troops fired at him at Nawa Kadal and left him unattended there. “They (troops) targeted him when he was returning from an examination center,” they said.

“Zahid was found unconscious in a pool of blood by two scooter-borne youth at Nawa Kadal. They brought him to the hospital,” said Zahid’s brother, Yasir Ahmed. According to him, Zahid had gone to appear in an exam of ‘Economics and Entrepreneurship’ subject and was returning from the exam center when the troops wounded him.

Doctors who treated Zahid said that many of his vital organs, especially his right kidney, had been badly injured as hundreds of pellets had entered his body.

“His situation is very bad as the pellets have pierced his vital organs, especially the right kidney. Though we have stabilized him and plugged the big entry wound, we are apprehensive that the injury has affected his other vital organs as well,” said an on-duty doctor.

Medical Superintendent of SHMS Hospital, Dr Saleem Tak, said that Zahid had serious pellet injuries in the right side of his abdomen and the pellets may have damaged many of the tissues in that vital region. “Our doctors have already operated on him and put him under close observation for 24 hours. We will decide about his treatment plan and management after some days. He might need long-term treatment for repair of his vital organs,” he said.

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