SRINAGAR: Among the hundreds of victims being treated at SKIMS hospital, a dispirited-looking young man, Adil Ahmad (name changed on request) was barely able to pronounce his own name when this reporter tried to have a word with him.
His friend Sameer Ahmad, who brought him here, said in a soft voice, “They (forces) haven’t left him in a condition to speak or to stand even.”
Adil was one among the thousands who were coming back from Burhan’s hometown Tral on Saturday after funeral prayers to the slain Hizb commander. On the way back to their homes in Pulwama district, clashes broke out with the government forces.
“After reaching Keller (in Pulwama), heavy clashes erupted between mourners and the forces stationed there. They resorted to heavy teargas and pellet gun firing, injuring dozens of youth. Everybody looked for safe spots to save themselves from the barrage of pellets and bullets,” his friend Ahmad who was accompanying Adil then, told Kashmir Reader.
Ahmad said that Adil had a weak heart which began to beat fast even when there was a small crowd or some untoward incident. “That day, when Adil tried to move to a safe spot, he unfortunately fell down on the ground. He was then trampled under a stampede as people ran helter-skelter for their safety.”
Ahmad said that Adil had a weak physical condition which made it further difficult for him to get up from where he lay. “When the crowd was chased by the police SOG (Special Operations Group), he was caught under their trampling boots,” Ahmad said.
The friend said that nobody, not even he himself, made an effort to save Adil from the “enraged forces while they trampled him again and again.”
“When they (forces) saw that he had become unconscious, they threw him aside on the roadside and walked way. We then immediately rushed to the spot and brought him here (SKIMS). His condition was deteriorating continuously,” Ahmad said.
Doctors at SKMIS who attended to Adil said that the boy “had been terrified”. Doctors said they were hoping that he will recover soon.
“Being a heart patient, and from the blows he has received, he is feeling clogged, but has good chances of recovering soon,” a paramedic at the hospital said.
“We must not despair as Almighty Allah is with us,” his friend said, boosting Adil’s morale.