SRINAGAR: Farooq Ahmad, a father of two children, had gone to visit his relatives at Keegam in Shopian when pellets pierced his eye and body.
Farooq, a labourer who lives in Rajpora in Pulwama, was walking on a road with his cousin brother when the government forces shot at him. “No protest was going on in the area. We had gone out to see my 10-year-old son, who had moved out of the house,” said Farooq at SMHS hospital. Both his eyes are blackened with pellet injuries. He cannot see anything through his left eye and his right eye is swollen from a pellet injury on the eyelid.
The troops were sitting in an orchard when they shot at him, he said.
“I did not hear the sound of the pellets. I only felt darkness in my eye. Blood started oozing out of my left eye and from my body where the pellets hit me,” he told Kashmir Reader.
His wife said that they admitted him to Pulwama’s district hospital from where he was sent to SMHS hospital.
“On the way, the ambulance was stopped at many places but they let us go after seeing his age,” she said.
Farooq was not the only injured whose ambulance was stopped. A Class 12 student of Sehlipora, Sopore, was hit by pellets in his right eye. His elder brother Javed Ahmad said that their ambulance was twice stopped on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. “In Baramulla district, the army asked us if my brother was a stone-thrower. We lied to them that he was suffering from a heart ailment,” he said.
At Parimpora, CRPF troopers again stopped the ambulance and asked the attendants to lift the razor wire laid across the road, Javed said.