Srinagar, Mar 11(GK): Tears roll out from the eyes of Sharif Ahmed Khan as his nine-year old daughter Naza screams out of pain in ward number 20 of SMHS Hospital here. “Don’t worry my daughter. Nothing will happen to you. You will be alright,” says Sharif Ahmed Khan, as he tries to calm her down.
Naza along with her two brothers was wounded in an explosion in Devar Margi area of Lolab Thursday morning.
Scene is no more different in Intensive Care Unit of the hospital where her six-year old brother Adil is battling for life. Motionless on ventilator, bruises are visible on his body. His brother Mashook Ahmed is in same condition in Bone and Joint Hospital.
The sudden tragedy has shattered the dreams of Khan, who would do meager jobs to finance studies of his children.
“I worked round the clock in the fields so that I could purchase uniform and clothes for them. Can they survive and walk again to their school? What is the fault of my children? Was walking on road or going to school their crime?” he asks.
Shuttling between wards and hospitals to look after his children, Sharif is no stranger to tragedy. In early nineties, his two brothers fell prey to bullets.
Recalling the fateful day, he says that unidentified gunmen barged into their house. “It was morning time, we had just woken up and suddenly they barged inside and killed them,” he says.
The family strongly refutes the police claims that the children were injured while fiddling with a shell.
“They had just left home and presumably they were injured due to stepping on some kind of littered explosive on the road. After hearing the explosion I rushed out and saw them in pool of blood. They were crying for help and I took them to Kupwara hospital and later they were shifted to Srinagar for treatment,” he adds.
Publish Date: 11-03-11 6:49 PM