Indian Occupied Kashmir : Shot on face, this cart puller won’t be able to sell essentials again

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As per his family, he was hit by “bullet on face while shutting door of his house to save his family for harm when forces arrived in the area.”

As per his family, he was hit by “bullet on face while shutting door of his house to save his family for harm when forces arrived in the area.”

45-year-old Ali Muhammad Fuffu tries hard to convey his pain through words, but pain of firearm shot on right side has left his facial nerve badly damaged making it difficult for him to communicate.

Fuffu is admitted in Surgical Operation Ward at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura.

He was hit on face by firearm shot on Saturday morning at his house in Shah Colony Parimpora here.

As per his family, he was hit by “bullet on face while shutting door of his house to save his family for harm when forces arrived in the area.”

“He is finding difficult to talk as the nerve on right side of his face has been damaged by the bullet which pierced his face,” says his wife, Shameema who was sitting next to bed in the hospital.

As Shameema narrates the incident, Fuffu’s tries hard to speak about the incident but only manages to stammer few lines which are hard to decipher and breaks down while recalling the fateful incident.

“Why was he fired,” asks Shameema “He was not part of any protesting march or hurling stones. He went out of his home to close main door in order to save his family for any harm. He was worried about our teenage sons who were inside the house”

Ali Muhammad Fuffu is a cart puller at Parimpora Fruit Mandi who earns his livelihood by pulling cart laden with vegetables and fruits.

Fuffu, father of two teenage sons aged 12 and 15 years, is the lone bread winner for his family.

“He is the lone source of earning for our family, we are shattered with his injury,” she said adding that “forces have been damaging the property and breaking windows of residents of our colony since the uprising started in Kashmir.”

His nephew, Mehraj ud Din says that he was operated upon initially at JVC Bemina from where he was shifted to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment.

“Doctors say his facial nerve has been damaged and his right side of face is paralyzed,” he said adding that he has to undergo plastic surgery after which doctors would decide the future course of treatment for him.

A senior medico treating him at SKIMS said that he is scheduled for plastic surgery treatment. “We are monitoring his progress, but his facial nerve has been damaged by the firearm which had pierced his right side of the face,” he said.

While his family mentions he was hit by bullet, but doctors at SKIMS say, “there is mention of firearm on his referral file as he was earlier treated at JVC Bemina so we cannot clearly say whether it was a bullet or rubber bullet was removed from his face.”

 

 

 

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