Left bed ridden by bullets last year, Anantnag boy passes class 12 exam

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 1/14/2018 12:54:14 PM

ANANTNAG, Jan 13: On May 2017 when students of higher secondary school Mattan held protest demonstration during the student uprising that rocked the valley for nearly a month, para-military CRPF men stationed adjacent to the school opened fire on protesting students.
As the clashes began, a 12th class student Sameer Ahmad Bhat tried to flee the school campus from the rear side. He, however, was hit by a bullet in his head leaving him in a pool of blood. He was taken to district hospital Anantnag where from he was referred to Srinagar hospital. Though he was operated upon by the doctors but he slipped into coma during the surgery for at least two months.
The bullet had also left Sameer’s right arm virtually paralysed. After coming out of coma, though the doctors discharged him from the hospital but advised him one more surgery after few months.
Soon after being taken home, bed ridden Sameer came to know about the examination notification through his friends who were visiting him to inquire about his health. He implored his family to bring an examination form for him despite being unable to pick up the book in his hand.
"When he came to know about the exam notification he clearly told us that he will commit suicide on the day results will be declared if we don't submit his exam form. Though he was virtually on death bed but seeing his spirit to appear in exams alive we submitted his exam form," Sameer’s elder sister, Zahida told Kashmir Times.
When the exams commenced, Sameer’s parents hired a vehicle to take him to the examination centre and back home. Being unable to write his exams, Sameer sought a scribe (helper) who wrote for him in exams which he qualified securing 242 marks.
A resident of Khul Jawhar village of Anantnag, Sameer himself is not in a position to speak for a long and utters few words only expressing his happiness and passion to study further.
It is his elder sister who talks to the visitors and shares how his brother prepared for exams.
"It was spirit and passion that made him prepare for the exams. Besides myself, a boy in the neighbourhood helped him how to prepare. Though a long reading at the book would bring tears into his eyes but he did not give up despite our insistence not to agonise himself. We are overjoyed and proud that he passed the exams despite such a condition," she said.
Sameer, his sister says, regrets securing less marks. "On hearing the news of his success he was very happy but repeatedly regrets securing low percentage. Since we know in which condition he did it all so we encourage him for his success," his sister says.
The poor family rues that there was never any help from the authorities.
"My brother wants to study. His appearing in exams in such a bad medical condition indicates that. His treatment has consumed us lot of money. My father is a daily wage laborer. So far there has been no monetary help to us from the authorities," Zahida says.
Teachers who have taught Sameer said that he was a good at studies.
"Had the tragedy not struck him he would have achieved remarkable success bringing laurels to his school. But the condition in which he took the exams and passed, I am proud of him," said one of his teachers.



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