Srinagar, November 16: Desperate to appear in the class 10 examinations that started, yesterday, Faisal Ahmad could not make it due to severe pellet injuries in both eyes that left him half-blind.
Indian forces fired dozens of pellets in his eyes on August 24 in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A resident of Karimabad village in Pulwama, 15-year old Faisal is sad while sitting in his home on the day of his examinations. He said he wept when his friends went for exams, but he could not go, because of blindness.
“I had a dream and was very desperate to participate in matriculation exams and today’s science paper was my favorite but I am the most unlucky person because I could not attend the exams,” Faisal Ahmad told media persons. “My vision does not allow me to participate in exams. I am unable to study even.”
“The vision of my left eye is lost up to 85 percent while as in right eye 15 percent sight is lost.”
While talking about the incident he said, “There was a peaceful demonstration on August 24. The forces fired pellets on peaceful protesters. I was hit in both eyes.”
“I was taken to SMHS Srinagar. Two surgeries were conducted on my eyes but my sight could not recover,” he deplored.
“Now the doctors have said that a third surgery will be conducted in which lens will be installed in my eyes. The doctors are hopeful that 50 percent vision will recover after the surgery but they have not given any date yet,” Faisal said.