Srinagar: On Monday at 10:30am, Nazir Ahmad left his home in Balpure in Wathoora in Budgam district, to visit his maternal home, some two kilometres away. For a man who “hated violence” and had never thrown a stone at anyone, it was a surprise that he was shot by government troops while he was simply travelling to his mother’s home.
“I had always yearned for peace and prosperity of Kashmir. Violence generates violence,” Nazir said, lying supine on a bed in Srinagar’s Bone and Joint Hospital, his family members sitting beside him. He was brought here at 2pm on Sunday night. His leg and ankle was severely injured by pellets.
Nazir said he travelled to his maternal home many times during the ongoing uprising, even in curfew, but he was never harmed by troops. As he reached Hajigund chowk in Wathoora at 11:30am, there were some people on the road. Suddenly, a police car came and began chasing after people without any reason, abusing everyone, Nazir said.
“I started to run for protection. I hid in a lane. They fired teargas canisters and used pellet guns, firing at people’s heads, eyes and legs. I was shot in a leg by pellets. I felt my leg had snapped. I fell down. I crawled a few feet and then gave up. I looked around and saw women crying. They took me to a home. I just fainted due to the pain,” Nazir said.
Nazir was taken to Bone and Joint Hospital with four other injured in this barbaric shooting by police. Nazir said that when he regained consciousness, he saw himself on the hospital bed, surrounded by doctors and nurses.
Eyewitnesses said there were clashes going on between protesters and forces further down the road away from the shooting site. “This shooting by forces on innocents in peaceful Hajigund was a message that the forces will shoot anyone,” said an eyewitness.
Nazir is 23 years old. He left his studies after passing the Class 12 exam. He works as an electrician.
“I had applied as an electrician in a company in Saudi Arabia a few months ago. I was selected and the company sent me an air ticket and arranged for my lodging. I was to leave on September 25, after Eid. But now I cannot make it. My leg and ankle have been badly injured in this shooting,” he rued.