‘Army targeted him on way home; two boys killed had rushed to help him’
Srinagar: Rayees Ahmad Ganai, a 23-year-old boy who was injured in Army firing in Ganowpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on January 27, is battling for life here at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura.
Rayees, son of Ghulam Rasool Ganai of Narpora village in Shopian, received a bullet in his forehead which has led to ‘brain damage’. He has been put on life support.
He is under treatment in the SKIMS Soura ICU, but his condition continues to be critical.
Doctors treating him said the bullet that pierced through his head had led to serious injuries.
“Bullet has affected his brain so much that he is unable to come out of neurological shock, making him completely dependent on ventilator. We are keeping our fingers crossed because it’s very difficult to predict this case,” said a doctor treating him.
He said doctors were closely monitoring Rayees’s condition as the next three days are very critical for him.
On January 27, Rayees was returning home from his aunt’s place in village Keegam when forces allegedly targeted him.
“Our village is around six kilometres from Keegam where Rayees had gone to meet his aunt. Army targeted him at Ganapora, Shopian, when he was on his way home. Two boys who rushed to help him were also targeted. Both of them died on the spot, and Rayees was left battling for life,” Rayees’ cousin, Imtiyaz Farooq, told Kashmir Reader.
Rayees’ cousin and brother are the ones keeping watch outside the ICU, awaiting his recovery.
A 12th class student, Rayees has been doing part-time jobs to support his widowed mother.
“He is the lone bread earner of the family after his father’s death some years ago. His two elder brothers are living separately for some time,” said his cousin.
“Doctors are hesitant to tell us his real condition. This uncertainty is killing us,” he said.
According to doctors, the injury to the brain is the most uncertain condition as medical science is still unaware about the brain’s recovery process.
“We have undergone many tests and body scans to check the real damage to the brain,” said a doctor.
Two youth were killed and another was critically injured when the Army opened fire following a protest in Ganowpora village on Saturday.
As per eyewitnesses, army men fired on the people after clashes in the village. They said some youth received bullet injuries and were rushed to the nearby hospital. Later, two of the youth, Javid Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Rashid Bhat of Balapora, Shopian, and Suhail Javid, son of Javid Ahmad Lone of Ganowpora, succumbed to injuries while being shifted to the hospital.