Ubaid breathed his last after seeing sister’s face

Ubaid held sister Umaiya’s hand, opened his eyes, had her last glimpse and passed away at SKIMS Tuesday morning.
As Ubaid’s inconsolable father, Manzoor Ahmad Lone describes the last moments of his student son, who was critically injured after being shot at by the government forces on June 25, the rest of the family is in an ocean of tears.
Ubaid, an 11th standard student of Nadihal Baramulla, had been motionless for the past two weeks and not opened his eyes since he had been admitted at SKIMS but reacted to his sister’s presence and breathed his last as if he was waiting to see her one last time.
Ubaid, an 11th standard student was hit by a bullet on right thigh allegedly fired by paramilitary BSF on June 25 near Chakloo road when he was returning home from school.
One of the Ubaid’s cousins, Waseem Ahmad Lone was also shot dead by the government forces near the same spot post militant commander Burhan Wani’s killing and protests in 2016.
The family of the slain youth said that on June 25, Ubaid put on his uniform and left home for Government Higher Secondary School.
“I gave him Rs 6000 for a new uniform and personal need but he returned the money and told me to keep it,” Lone said. “After an hour, I got a call that Ubaid was hit by a bullet.”
According to eyewitnesses, some youth had hurled stones at the government forces before the incident while Ubaid was returning home and was not participating in hurling stones.
“He had boarded off a passenger vehicle and was accompanied with two youth as they were walking back home when Ubaid was shot,” Lone said.
After initial treatment at District Hospital Baramulla, Ubaid was taken to SMHS hospital where he suffered excessive blood loss.
“We arranged over 30 pints of blood when we were at SMHS as the blood was oozing out to such an extent that my foot drenched in a pool of blood near Ubaid’s bed inside the theater,” Ubaid’s cousin, Suhail Ahmad told Rising Kashmir.
On the same say, the critically injured youth was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla where from he was referred to SKIMS in a critical condition where doctors again asked the family to arrange eight more pints of blood.
“The doctors at SKIMS told us that Ubaid was not critical and referred him back to SMHS hospital in the evening where his heart stopped functioning late in the evening as blood loss continued,” Ahmad said.
The next day, June 26, the 19-year-old youth was referred to SKIMS again after suffering excessive blood loss.
After 17 days of battling for his life inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at SKIMS, Ubaid breathed his last Tuesday morning.
Thousands of people including women and children participated in the funeral prayers of Ubaid at the Government High School Ground Nadihal and his body was laid to rest at the local ‘Martyrs Graveyard’ amid sobs and tears.
Locals remember Ubaid as a humble and friendly guy who is survived by three brothers, a sister and parents.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Nadihal and adjoining areas and vehicular movement remained suspended throughout the day.