SRINAGAR: A Pulwama boy injured badly in pellet firing by police is waiting for his eye surgery for the past 21 days in ward 9 of SMHS hospital. His brother, who is attending him, said that doctors have told him that two pellets have penetrated his brother’s left eye and left him partially blinded. His chances of regaining eyesight are low after surgery.
“My surgery was postponed by doctors without giving any reason,” the boy said. He also said that police did not allow him to go to Srinagar on the day he was referred from the Pulwama hospital to SMHS for eye surgery. He said that despite showing the police the letter from the hospital, the police pushed him back. “We managed to reach SMHS by taking alternative routes,” he said.
His brother rued that the doctors kept promising to perform the surgery but never did.
The elder brother had also been injured by pellets in his left eye on the same day. He said that his family sold land to take him to an Amritsar hospital where after two operations he regained 50% of his eyesight.
The brothers said that the SMHS doctors were not providing them reports of medical tests and of treatment.
“For the treatment of my elder brother we sold our land. If for my treatment we have to sell even the little land we have left, we will be ruined,” the injured boy said.
A relative of the brothers said that both boys were the bread-earners for their family. They worked as labourers. Now that both of them have been left visually handicapped, there is no knowing how the family would manage.