Ganderbal: Thousands of mourners participated in the last rites of Amir Ahmad Lone, a civilian who was injured during protests on April 3 and succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS today morning.
Amir, 22, son of Abdul Hamid Lone, was a resident of Chuturgul Kangan. He sustained a bullet injury in the head during clashes with government forces that erupted in Kangan during the funeral procession of a civilian youth from Kangan, Gowhar Ahmad Rather, who died of injuries sustained during police action on protestors. Since April 3, Amir was on life support at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SKIMS Soura.
Doctors at SKIMS Soura said that Amir succumbed to his bullet injuries on Sunday morning. Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq Jan, said, “He had been taken off the ventilator. He was in the ward. He was talking,” said Dr Jan, adding that Amir may have died due to thromboembolism, in which a clot is formed in a blood vessel that breaks loose and is carried by the blood stream until it plugs another vessel.
He said that Amir was hit by a bullet that pierced his head from the right side.
“We were at home and came to know in the evening on that day (April 3) that Gowhar had succumbed to his injuries. Amir left home to attend funeral prayers of Gowhar. On way to Kangan, Amir and other youth accompanying him were fired upon by troops near the powerhouse at Kangan. He sustained a bullet injury in his head, while others escaped unhurt,” a close relative of Amir told Kashmir Reader.
He said Amir suffered excessive blood loss after being hit by the bullet.
Amir was a second-semester student at Government Degree College Ganderbal, the relative said.
Eyewitnesses said Amir was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Chuturgul after people carried his body to the graveyard shouting pro-freedom, pro-Islam and anti-India slogans. Women, children and elderly also participated in his funeral procession.
A witness said that despite nakas (checkpoints) installed by police at almost all entry and exit points of the area, thousands of people arrived at Amir’s home at Chuturgul.
“People started thronging to his residence. A large number of women also reached his home,” the witness said.
At about 12:15 in the afternoon, funeral prayers for Amir were held at a local ground. Hundreds of women could be seen beating their chests and wailing upon the body of Amir.
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani addressed the funeral procession on telephone. He paid rich tributes to the slain youth.
A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Ganderbal district after people heard the news of Amir’s death. Shopkeepers downed their shutters and public transport went off the roads.