Srinagar: Since the uprising began on July 8, 30 cases of pellet injuries in the eyes of persons below 15 years have been treated at SMHS hospital in Srinagar. On Saturday, 12-year-old boy Muslim Nazir Lone was brought to the hospital from Chitibanday village in Bandipora district with pellets in his eyes.
According to Muslim’s father Nazir Ahmed, police shot pellets at his son when he was coming back from private tuitions at 6:30 in the evening. “I came to know about the incident at the masjid when some locals informed me that pellets had injured badly my son’s left eye,” Ahmed said.
The injured boy said that he did not realize that he was hit by pellets I his eye. “There were clashes going on at the main chowk. I looked away and simply headed towards home. When I was near my home, one of my friends told me that my left eye was bleeding. I had not felt any kind of pain.”
Nazir Ahmed said that he immediately took his son to sub-district hospital Bandipora, from where doctors referred him to SMHS.
The medical records of Muslim say that a first round of surgery has been performed on him. “Now, through vitrectomy his eye hemorrhage will be removed,” said the doctor treating him at SMHS.
The station house officer (SHO) of Arigam police station Parvez Ahmad said that “Pellets were fired by us on protestors. Why would we fire on a child? He might have been part of the protests.”
Nazir Ahmed said that his elder son Mubashir Ahmed Lone was arrested by police and lodged at district jail Bandipora a few days after the killing of Burhan Wani. “He was arrested while he had gone to bring his sister from another area. Despite the court granting him bail three times, police have not released him,” Ahmed said.
When Kashmir Reader tried to contact SP Bandipora on this matter, on the first instance he picked up the phone and said, “I will have to check”. When Kashmir Reader tried to contact him again he did not pick up the phone.
“This is a new tragedy that has befallen on me. I was myself arrested for two years on PSA earlier. My wife is suffering from breast cancer. They (forces) are doing zulm (atrocities),” said Ahmed.