Srinagar: An 18-year- old Budgam youth who lost his left eye in the 2016 uprising has been critically injured on Sunday after government forces shot him with pellets from close range. Now lying in the emergency ward of SMHS hospital in Srinagar, Gulzar Ahmad, a resident of Utligam in Beerwah, was hit by pellets in his chest, abdomen and back. He said he was shot at from close range by CRPF men when people retaliated after the police shot pellets and teargas on locals in Utligam on Sunday.
Gulzar, who is being attended to in hospital by his brother Farooq Ahmad, said that people in Utligam area had gone to see the deserted polling booth there when police shot at them with teargas and pellets. Gulzar said he went out to know what was happening and was shot just outside his house.
“The polling booth was near our house. It was all peaceful till the CRPF and police men attacked the people who had gone near the deserted polling booth. After hearing the noises, Gulzar went out to see what was happening and was shot with pellets in his abdomen,” Farooq Ahmad told Reader.
“After the firing, paramilitary forces barged into houses and ransacked personal belongings,” Farooq Ahmad added.
He said that Gulzar was taken to Budgam sub-district hospital where he was declared to be in critical state and was referred to Srinagar.
Farooq said that when the family was taking Gulzar in their car to the sub-district hospital in Budgam, government forces at many places tried to stop their car. “We were asked to stop at many places by the army. They even tried to shoot us, but we didn’t stop till we reached the Budgam hospital, from where he was referred to SMHS,” Farooq said. Gulzar lost his left eye when he was shot in the face with pellets by government forces during the 2016 uprising. He still has three pellets stuck in his left eye.