ANANTNAG: A boy from a Pulwama village who was injured after being hit by pellets earlier this month has lost all vision in his right eye while doctors are trying hard to save his left eye.
Hilal Ahmad Ganai, 23, of Barpora, Pulwama, suffered multiple pellet injuries on April 8 after government forces in Newa area of the district fired pellet ammunition towards youth who were protesting against the vandalisation of the martyrs graveyard in nearby Karimabad village, allegedly by the army. Hilal told Kashmir Reader that he was walking at a distance from the spot where protests and clashes were going on that day. “I was not part of the protest. I was walking by the area and the forces rained pellets on me that hit my chest, eyes and head.”
After suffering grievous pellet injuries he was removed to SMHS for treatment. At SMHS, doctors clearly told his family members that the right eye of their son has been completely damaged. Three days later his family decided to take him to Sonam hospital Amritsar for advanced treatment. However doctors at this hospital also expressed helplessness in helping him regain his vision.
“Doctors here are of the same opinion as that of SMHS doctors. They have told us that the pellets have damaged his eye ball in the right eye and that there are no chances of his regaining vision,” Ghulam Mohammad Ganai, father of the injured youth, told Kashmir Reader over the phone from Amritsar.
He said that his son has only regained 30 percent eyesight in his left eye too. “Though doctors were hopeful of his regaining seventy percent vision in the left eye after surgery, but a week after the surgery he has regained only thirty percent vision,” Ganai said.
A labourer by profession, Ganai has borrowed money for the treatment of his son from relatives.
A relative, Feroz Ahmad, questioned the repeated assertions of the ruling PDP that it was against the use of pellets against protesters. “The use of pellets by the forces in the Valley continues to blind people. PDP, which in opposition, was raising a hue and cry over the use of pellets against protesters should ensure that such ammunition is banned,” Ahmad said.