Srinagar, June 30: When Faizan Ahmed Poswal, 15, sustained bullet injuries in a gunfight between militants and government forces at Thumna village of Pulwama on Friday, he was rushed to District Hospital Pulwama but was declared brought dead by none other than the father Dr Abdul Gani Poswal, a medical officer at the hospital.
Dr Poswal was on duty when he received the body.
The emotions ran high in the hospital when Dr Poswal saw the body of the son but could not save him. He tried hard but it was all over leaving him no option but to declare him dead. He wrapped the body in white cloth and broke down. His colleagues vainly tried to console him. They lifted the body onto the waiting ambulance and accompanied the colleague to Gosannad Ludhow, his native village.
Medical Superintendent District Hospital Pulwama, Dr Abdul Rashid Parra told Greater Kashmir: “Yes unfortunately our colleague Dr Poswal has lost his son. His son was brought dead to the facility.”
He continued: “It came as a shock for the hospital staff. We are all aggrieved. The doctors, nurses, medical officers all were crying.”
Funeral prayers were held inside hospital premises which were attended by entire hospital staff and local residents.
Dr Poswal lived with his family at residential quarters in the town.
On Friday Faizan, a Class 10 student, had gone to the encounter site at Chatapora where he along with hundreds of youth joined the stone pelting protests to disrupt the operation. Dozens of youth sustained bullet, pellet and tear smoke shell injuries during the day-long clashes and were shifted to Pulwama hospital for treatment. But Faizan was hit by a bullet in chest and lost battle for his life on way to hospital.
When his body reached home, thousands of people braving rains assembled near Eidgah ground and shouted pro-Azadi slogans. The funeral prayers were held at 9.00 pm. More are to follow. The villagers have deferred the burial till Saturday morning due to heavy rainfall.
Faizan, the neighbours said, is survived by parents and two brothers.