Srinagar: A five-kilometer walk from his village Wadwan to the mosque in Narbal to offer Friday prayers on August 5 was the last time that Javed Ahmad walked. After five surgeries to save his bullet-hit leg, doctors have now amputated the leg to save Javed’s life.
Outside the intensive care unit of SKIMS hospital, his elder brother Mohammad Ashraf is in absolute shock and agony. He cannot gather the courage to see his brother in that one-legged state.
“My brother is fine and he will recover, Inshallah,” Ashraf said, tears rolling down his eyes.
His neighbour Manzoor Ahmad recalled the kind nature of Javed: “He used to be at the forefront whenever somebody needed any help. Our village will miss a brave heart. He (Javed) won’t come running if anyone calls him for help. Particularly for me, I feel like my right hand has been cut off.”
Doctors at SKIMS said that the bullet had badly damaged the kneecap of Javed and caused perforations in his veins, leading to severe blood loss.
“The dead tissue was spreading infection to other parts of the body. Before the entire body caught the infection, we amputated the leg,” a doctor said.
The family of Javed said that more than 35 units of blood were administered to him at SKIMS because of the severe blood loss. Javed was hit during clashes with government troops in Narbal area of Budgam. The troops had blocked a march of people to the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, where the pro-freedom leadership had asked people to assemble. Witnesses, who brought Javed to SKIMS hospital and were part of the march that day, said that the troops fired several rounds of teargas shells and pellets at people which led to clashes in the area.
“The forces then started shooting bullets directly at the protesters. Dozens of people were injured, among whom was Javed,” the witnesses said.
They said that after being hit by a bullet, Javed lay bleeding for half-an-hour at the spot where he fell, as the troops did not let people take Javed to hospital.
“We made a number of attempts to lift Javed from the spot, but the troops continuously fired teargas, pellets and bullets at us. Somehow we managed to bring him here, and while doing so I was hit by a few pellets,” a friend of Javed said.
18-year-old Javed had recently left studies to start driving an auto-rickshaw to support his poor family of seven, including his ailing mother. Loved for his volunteerism, Javed also had sound Islamic knowledge, his friends and neighbours said.