By Raashid Hassan
Kulgam: Five months after he had been injured by pellets fired by government forces during last year’s anti-India uprising, a youth from Shopian succumbed on Tuesday.
The deceased Waseem Ahmad Thokar of Succh Kulgam had above 200 pellets lodged in his body and had been suffering from chest pain for nearly a month. According to his family, Wasim was injured after the government forces attacked a pro-freedom march at Mirhama Chawalgam in the district.
“Waseem was suffering from acute stomach and chest pain due to pellets in his body for nearly a month. We removed him o the SMHS Hospital for treatment but he was discharged after two days,” said Wasim’s cousin.
Wasim’s father Mushtaq Ahmad Thoker, who runs the Yateem Foundation in the district, said Waseem was working as a driver at the same institution.
On September 7, 2016, he had gone to ferry the injured to hospital after the forces stopped the pro-freedom rally. His cousin said he was not part of the protests but had gone there to ferry injured to the hospital.