He was lone bread earner for family of 11 members
SENZEN (Pulwama): Muhammad Ashraf Mir (26), a resident of Senzen-Shahoora village of Pulwama is immobile since he was hit with a bullet in his chest on October 14. The bullet was fired on him during a gunfight when two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and a civilian were killed in an encounter at Litter -village of Pulwama.
Mir said he was not part of any protest but went there to participate in the funeral prayers of two slain militants. “I even don’t know anything about stone-pelting but unfortunately troopers fired a bullet on me. One of the civilians was killed and I was left half dead,” he said.
The lone bullet has pierced his chest causing damage to liver and spinal cord. “Since then I am restricted to a bed and not able to move even an inch. The bullet has done more than 90 percent damage to my spinal cord,” he said.
Amir Hamid, Ashraf’s nephew told Kashmir Reader that they spent more than one lakh rupees on three surgeries and medicines of Ashraf but there was no improvement. “During three surgeries, doctors removed a portion of his liver which was damaged by the bullet but didn’t succeed in helping the backbone injury,” he said.
Mir’s 70-year-old mother Zaiba Begum said that her injured son was the lone bread-winner for the family of 11 members. “He was a motorcycle mechanic before working in a brick-kiln. Now he can’t do any of the jobs. My elder son has also been injured in a motorcycle accident and he is not able to do any laborious work,” she said.
Zaiba’s husband has passed away a decade ago. She was planning Mir’s marriage little knowing that the destiny had something else in store for the family.