#Day47: When Slain Amir Was Hit By Tear Gas Shell After Lelhaar Encounter

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Mir Farhat

SRINAGAR

Mir Amir Ahmad in SMHS on February 15, 2016 after he was hit by a tear gas shell in Lelhaar area of Pulwama district.

Mir Amir Ahmad in SMHS on February 15, 2016 after he was hit by a tear gas shell in Lelhaar area of Pulwama district. (KL Image courtesy: Mir Farhat)

Amir was one of the few persons critically injured when forces opened fire in Kakpora area on Sunday (February 14, 2016) after an encounter broke out between militants and forces.

Mohammad Amir Mir was by pellets in Prichoo area of Pulwama on August 24, 2016. He died in SMHS Hospital Srinagar. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Mohammad Amir Mir was hit by pellets in Prichoo area of Pulwama on August 24, 2016. He died in SMHS Hospital Srinagar on August 24, 2016. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)

Amir was rushed to Pulwama hospital on a motorcycle on Sunday evening where doctors referred him to SMHS Hospital Srinagar. He was then treated in Ward 12 of SMHS hospital.

Amir Ahmad Mir, 20, belonged to Ratnipora, and was hit by a tear gas shell in his abdomen.

Doctors at SMHS had said that Amir will have to live his life without spleen after being damaged by tear gas shell.

A Relative waling near the body of Amir Gul Mir was killed in fresh clashes in Pulwama, south of Srinagar, during which around a dozen youth were injured. Eight of the injuredPHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

A relative wailing over the body of Mohammad Amir Mir in SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

However, Amir was killed by forces on August 24, 2016, six months later.

He had left home this morning for a scheduled pro-freedom rally in nearby Prichoo area.

But forces including personnel of Rashtriya Rifles, SOG and CRPF raided the venue of the rally around 3 AM in the intervening night of August 23 and 24.

After news spread that stage, which was prepared after day’s hard work, has been raided, people came out of their beds and announcements were made on Masjid loudspeakers before Muazin went to call for Fajr prayers. Protests erupted, forces fired tear gas shells and pellets, many were injured.

Hundreds of people offered funeral prayers of slain Mohammad Amir Mir in SMHS Hospital Premises.

Hundreds of people offered funeral prayers of slain Mohammad Amir Mir in SMHS Hospital Premises.

Locals said that all routes to Pulwama hospital were blocked. The injured were first rescued to safer places and then shifted to Pampore Hospital where from they were rushed to SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

Amir was one among the eight injured persons who managed to reach SMHS Hospital but he could not sustain his injuries. He was hit by pellets all over the body and succumbed in the hospital.

This is what doctors had told KNS Correspondent when Amir was hit by tear gas shell on February 14, 2016.

“We have removed his spleen as it had ruptured due to a tear gas shell hitting his abdomen, and penetrated into the spleen,” doctors in SMHS had then said.

On that day, February 14, 2016, an encounter ensued between forces and militants in nearby Lelhaar area. Two youths: an MA Urdu student, Shaista and an engineering student at IUST, Danish, were killed by forces.

Finally, the dead body of Amir Mir was driven to home after he succumbed to his injures in SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

Finally, the dead body of Amir Mir was driven to home after he succumbed to his injures in SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

“Amir is stable but he will be prone to infections. He has to take extra-care in his life not to get infected,” the doctors had added.

Amir’s elder brother, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, had said, “Amir had gone to play in Lelhaar cricket ground when army and police started firing on the youth playing in the ground.”

One of the pellet hit victims being treated in SMHS Hospital Srinagar on August 24, 2016.

One of the pellet hit victims who was rushed to SMHS Hospital Srinagar on August 24, 2016.

“While they were playing, encounter started nearby in Kakpora and after the encounter was over, army and police fired on the youth who were running away due to panic created by the encounter. Amir was injured in his abdomen in the indiscriminate firing,” Ajaz said.

Volunteers shift a pellet hit injured to a ward in SMHS Hospital on August 24, 2016.

Volunteers shift a pellet hit injured to a ward in SMHS Hospital on August 24, 2016.

Amir’s father, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, is a labourer. He had an elder brother and three sisters.

(The story first appeared in knskashmir.com on February 15, 2016. It is reproduced here and slightly edited as Amir was killed by forces on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in Prichoo area of Pulwama district.)

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