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J&K terror attack victim returns to city

Kolkata: Zahiruddin Sheikh, who sustained multiple bullet injuries in his body, during a terror attack at Kulgam in Kashmir last month, was brought back to the city and admitted to the SSKM Hospital on Wednesday night.

Sheikh has been kept at the recently built Trauma Care Centre of the hospital. Doctors, who are treating Sheikh, have decided to go for counselling to help him recover from the trauma.

The patient is yet to overcome the shock he got on the day of incident when five of his colleagues had fallen prey to indiscriminate firing of the terrorists.

Sheikh's health was critical. He was admitted to a hospital in Srinagar for more than two weeks as four bullets had pierced his body.

SSKM Hospital authorities have decided not to conduct any surgery on the patient at present.

He will be kept under close observation in the Intensive Care Unit.

Sheikh suffered two bullet injuries in his legs while one pierced through his abdomen and another hit his right hand. Sheikh landed at Calcutta airport late on Wednesday night and he was taken to the hospital.

His family members are anxiously waiting for him to return home. His wife Paramita Khatun expressed concern over the fate of her family as Sheikh, who was the only bread earner, has been out of job for a long time.

She urged the state government to provide Sheikh a job after his health improves.

SSKM doctors, who are looking after Sheikh, are trying to ensure that no infections develop in the organs that were affected by bullet injuries.

After his arrival to the city, he recounted how he escaped the terror attack while his colleagues lost their lives.

When Sheikh fell on the ground suffering bullets injuries, the terrorists thought that he had died and left the place without inflicting any further injuries on him. He was rescued by the Central forces in a very critical condition.

Five migrant labourers from Bengal were shot dead by terrorists at Kulgam district in south Kashmir last month. All the victims were from Murshidabad district. Bengal government had given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each family.

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