Sopore: For Mohammad Ramzan Beigh, 38, elections are just a futile exercise.
“Voting does not mean anything to me. Why should I vote? What for? My life was ruined when I lost my limb in BSF firing. No political party or politician can bring it back,” said Ramzan.
On January 6 1993, Ramzan from Dangerpora, Sopore and five others were in a shop at Main Chowk, Sopore when BSF personnel dragged them out and opened fire at them.
But few second before the shooting, Ramzan attempted to run from the spot realizing that he was going to die either way; he could make it barely a few meters when he was hit by a volley of bullets in his left leg.
“They did not shoot at me again. Perhaps they thought that I was dead,” recalls Ramzan.
“But after some time they put the dead bodies of the other five persons into the shop and torched the whole building and went ahead firing indiscriminately,” said Ramzan.
“I was lucky to survive,” said Ramzan.
Earlier on that day, militants had attacked a BSF bunker ,killing one trooper and fleeing away with his rifle.
Immediately after the attack, a group of BSF personnel stationed in the nearby camp came out, guns blazing, killing 54 civilians and injuring hundreds of others.
Ramzan recalls that after the firing stopped , he moved a bit, only to see his bullet-riddled leg bleeding profusely.
He looked around for help but unfortunately there was no one on offer.
“It was snowing that day and I put some snow into the wound which clogged the blood to some extent. I was lying there for several hours when somebody spotted me and took me to a hospital in Srinagar,” said Ramzan.
But two months of medical treatment could not save him from the leg being amputated, “which was something I could not bear and will haunt me for rest of my life,” Ramzan said.
Ramzan, did not see any hope in the life after that and decided not to marry to avoid familial responsibilities.
“My life rests on crutches now, I am myself become a big burden on me and don’t want to take extra onus of having wife and children in life. I can earn myself by working as tailor during remaining part of my life,” said Ramzan who lives with his parents.
He said that there were thousands of victims like him in Kashmir and if any politician can give justice to them by punishing those who brought miseries in their lives “I will not hesitate from voting .”