21-year-old Kangan youth succumbs

A 21-year-old youth who was hit by a bullet in his head after being shot by forces at Kangan in Ganderbal on April 3 Sunday succumbed to his injuries at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura.

Amir Hamid Lone, son of Abdul Hamid, a resident of Chahtergul Kangan was severely injured in Kangan—the day when forces opened fire on people who were heading to attend the funeral procession of Gowhar Ahmad Rather, who was fired upon by police and later succumbed at the same hospital.

As per the witnesses, the incident occurred at around 5 pm that day on April 3. Amir was hit by a bullet that pierced his head from the right side of the face.

“We were watching television at home, suddenly we heard that Gowhar succumbed. Amir left home to attend funeral prayers along with many other youth. They were fired on way to Kangan near power house. He received one bullet in the head,” Amir’s elder brother, Waseem said.

He said when Amir was admitted to SKIMS, he was critical and was struggling for life for many days but from the past few days he was off from the ventilator.
Son of a pashmina weaver, Amir was a weak from childhood and would never participate in stone pelting or indulge in any subversive activity.

“His spleen was removed last year and he was ill. The day he was fired upon, he suffered excessive blood loss,” said Amir’s uncle, Fayaz Ahmad.
Amir was a second-semester student at Ganderbal College. “He told me I will go to the playground and from there they went to attend the funeral. But he was targeted by the forces,” Fayaz said.
Amir’s family is poor and toiled hard to educate their children. He was sober and would always respect elders.
“After he was fired at, he was dragged by the forces personnel despite suffering blood loss. A witness later told me when an ambulance had reached the spot to take to the hospital, there was no one to take him in and force personnel dragged him to the vehicle,” Fayaz said.
According to doctors, when Amir was admitted, his bone inside the head was removed earlier after a surgery but the brain was safe but remained on the ventilator for many days.
Hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan, said Amir’s condition had improved earlier, was breathing and his blood pressure was also normal.
“He was operated. He had received firearm injury on the head. But from the past many days he was doing well and was shifted to the ward but succumbed today morning at 5:30 ,” he said.
Earlier, the youth suffered excessive blood loss. He was injected 10 pints of blood, donated by the local donors.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended the Chahtergul Kangan and its adjoining areas on Sunday morning after the news flashed. Amir according to witnesses was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. According to witnesses, over ten thousand people attended the funeral procession.

mansoorpeer@risingkashmir.com