Anantnag: If the brutal pellets has spared this prospective engineer in south Kashmir on the day was ready to leave for Jammu, his life would not have been shattered. Before embarking on the journey to write examination of his polytechnic course, he was showered with pellets causing immense damage to both his eyes.
“I was pursuing software engineering at Polytechnic College Jammu. I had returned to home for preparation when exam notification was issued. Seeing the situation abnormal in Kashmir, I decided to leave for Jammu on the night of August 21 as the exams were commencing from August 23. But, on the same day, the government forces fired pellets and damaged both my eyes,” Adil, a resident of Dialgam Chek told Kashmir Reader.
Adil said he was not part of any procession or pro-freedom rally but was returning after doing a charity work.
“We had seen three women from a neighbouring Shirpora village, begging for rice and eatables. We felt it insulting for the women and deicded to help them out,” Adil said adding that few village boys joined hands to collect rice and eatables for the impoverished women.
He said they collected two sacks of rice and carried it on their backs to deliver at the homes of needy women. On their return from the neighbouring village, they were waylaid by troopers in the middle of paddy fields who fired pellets on them. The social work was rewarded!
“We were returning through paddy fields from Shirpora. When we reached near a school, some uniformed men hiding in the paddy fields suddenly waylaid us and without any provocation trained their guns. They emptied a full cartridge of pellets on my body. My friend, however, managed to escape,” Adil said.
He said that the troopers also beat him up when he was bleeding profusely. Adil said while fleeing from the spot he hit some hard object and fell unconscious, only to find himself in hospital later. The troopers were not identified.
Adil said that he has undergone four surgeries—three at SMHS Hospital and one at LV Prasad hospital Hyderabad. “I can see some shades with the left eye but the right one is completely blind,” Adil said. “I had plans to set up a software centre at Achabal after finishing the exams but the destiny had something else for me,” he lamented.
He said that no one from the government or the pro-freedom camp has come forward to his help.
“My family spent more than Rs 3 lac on my treatment so far. We have not received any help from pro-freedom leaders. Two persons claiming to be from Hurriyat came to us and took along documents related to my treatment but we never saw them again,” Adil said.