SRINAGAR: The last December, Jehangir Ahmed failed in Education paper in his 12th class, and cried bitterly.
“It pains when you find your friends progress to another class, and you are lagging behind. The worst thing is that you cannot enjoy you’re your friends,” Ahmed, 18, a resident of Takin, Pulwama, said. “But then I decided I should give it another try.”
Committed to succeed on the second attempt, he worked hard and appeared in the examination again. But when his hard-earned success was announced about seven days ago, Ahmed couldn’t see his name in the list of successful candidates.
He lost his right eye to pellets fired by the government forces.
“On August 2, we were coming out of Jamia Masjid after performing Asr prayers in our village. There was call for ‘Below chalo’ (a march to the Below village). It was around 5:45pm, and the government forces were returning from Below village,” his uncle, Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat, said.
“They (forces) fired pellets on the nimazees (praying people). My nephew (Ahmed) got hit in his right eye,” he said, describing Kashmir as “trouble on Earth”.
Ahmed, undergoing treatment at SMHS Hospital, has made friends with pellet-hit youths at the hospital. Bhat calls them “pellet-hit population of Kashmir”.
The Station House Officer Pulwama refused to talk about the case.
“I am not authorized to talk on this. You can talk to the seniors,” he told Kashmir Reader.
However, repeated attempts to contact SSP Pulwama couldn’t bear fruit.