Srinagar: Nasir Ahmad, a five-year-old kid, has undergone six surgeries in his eye injured by government forces but has not regained vision.
Nasir was injured on July 23, two weeks after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzzafar Wani.
His father, Muhammad Altaf says Nasir had become agitated after the injury.
“Nasir was very active kid, always upto some mischief but now he has become irritated as he is not living the life that he was used to,” Altaf says. “He doesn’t play with kids as he falls frequently, gets angry, kicks everything around, yells and sometimes slaps self.”
The injury has made Nasir impatient.
Too introvert to talk about the day when he was injured, Nasir fiddles with a Rs 50 bill, holds his cousin by the collar when he tries to snatch his Rs 50 bill and threatens him saying, “I will kill you.”
On Wednesday, Nisar’s eye was operated for the 6th time but blood has enveloped his pupil and darkened his world.
“He cannot see from the left side,” Altaf says. “Last night I tried testing his vision by blindfolding his right eye and asking him to do the finger counting but he failed.”
Nasir was injured by government forces when he was returning him with his father and grandmother from a hospital.
Altaf says his mother, an arthritis patient was walking slowly and Nasir, who was walking with him, started walking alongside her instead.
“In the meanwhile, the government forces kidnapped him and he was nowhere to be seen,” he says. “I ran to search for him and a woman who was passing by saw told me that government forces had taken him into the forest.”
Altaf says when he went there, he saw Nisar lying in pain.
“When I asked him what happened, he told me that police had thrown sand into his eye and inserted a needle in it,” he says.
Since then, Nasir has been struggling with his vision.
“Nisar constantly asks me why I can’t see,” Altaf says.
He says he initially tried to ignore his questions but later thought it was important to tell him that he had to live with a compromised vision.
“Nasir doesn’t understand what I say, but when he tries to play and faces problem in running after kids and playing cricket, he feels bad knowing what living with a compromised vision means,” Altaf says.