Blinded By Pellets, Pulwama Youth Shines In Class 12 Exams

Srinagar: Even after losing vision of his right eye, a South Kashmir pellet hit victim student has come off with flying colours in class XIIth (Secondary School- Part II) examination, results of which were declared by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) on Monday.

Suhail Gul Mir, a resident of Rohmu hamlet of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district received serious eye injury after he was hit by pellets during a pro-freedom demonstration in Bellow village of the district in July last year. Since then he has undergone three eye-surgeries, but he lost the vision of his right eye.

A student of Boys Higher Secondary Rohmu, Suhail Gul Mir has secured 375 marks out of total 500 in Arts stream. “I could have turned this ‘Distinction’ into ‘Position’, had I have not been lost the vision of my right eye. After losing vision, I find it really hard to concentrate on my studies, yet I compromised with the situation and burnt mid night oil,” Suhail Gul Mir told local news gathering agency CNS.

Suhail who appeared in the class 12th examination under Roll number 6119285 secured 76 marks in General English, 64 in Education, 61 in Political Science, 82 in Urdu and 92 in Informatics Practices. “It was really hard for me but I didn’t lose courage,” he said.

Recounting the horror of that fateful day, Suhail said that he was on way to his friends home to get a reference book, when “government forces targeted” him with pellets.

“I was not part of the protest in Bellow village that day. I was walking along road side and was targeted directly. The Government forces wanted to blind me completely but thanks to Almighty that I could still see with one eye,” he said.

His mother Rafeeq Bano thanked volunteers and doctors at SMHS Hospital Srinagar for so much support and care.

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