Srinagar: Battling for life in the Intensive Care Unit at SMHS Hospital, Sameer Ahmad, a 17-year-old student from Khulchuhar-Mattan in Anantnag district, who was shot at by government forces on the day Hizb commander Sabzar Ahmad was killed in Tral, may be paralysed for life even if he survives. Doctors say that the skull bone of Sameer has suffered severe damage due to the bullet that has penetrated into his brain.
“We won’t have much to celebrate even if he survives, as the injuries are such that he may be paralysed,” one of Sameer’s cousins attending to him at the hospital told Kashmir Reader.
On May 28 when Sabzar Bhat was killed, Sameer, a Class 12 student, joined a student protest at his school, the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Mattan. His fellow students said that they were peacefully protesting inside the school premises when CRPF troopers without any provocation started firing teargas shells, pellets and bullets at them.
“The troopers from the nearby CRPF camp barged into the school premises and roughed up the students, including girls and faculty. One of the female teachers was injured after being hit by a stone thrown by CRPF men,” a student said.
He said that Sameer was standing with his friends when the CRPF troops fired bullets at him. “When the forces saw the group of students standing separately, they target fired at the group. A bullet hit Sameer’s head,” the student said.
The doctors treating Sameer at SMHS said that his skull bone had suffered “severe damage” due to a bullet that had penetrated into his brain.
“He (Sameer) had a firearm injury in his head and is suffering from hematoma. A little movement of his eyes was observed in the last few days but he still remains in critical condition,” said a doctor.