With pellet injured father, family runs out of food; admin reaches after uproar

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Srinagar: Stuck in Kashmir’s coronavirus lockdown, Mohammad Shaban’s family of eight ran out food and essentials four days ago at their rented accommodation in Qamarwari, Srinagar. Running short of gas supply and other essentials, for the last four days, Mr. Shaban’s wife would burn some woods outside the accommodation and boil potatoes to live on.

During 2016 civilian uprising, Mr. Shaban got pellet injuries in both the eyes in Trehgam village, Kupwara district in north Kashmir during a protest. Currently, he was in the capital city to complete the on-going treatment of his eyes. “I’ve gained half of the eye-sight in one of the eyes,” he told The Kashmir Walla, “but due to this lockdown, completing my treatment is not possible.”

After the first case of the novel coronavirus was detected in Srinagar on 18 March, a partial lockdown was imposed in parts of Kashmir. On 24 March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the nationwide lockdown for 21-days. All public transport has been put on halt.

There are more than fifty positive cases of COVID-19 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir; two among them have died while two are said to have recovered.

Father of six minor children says, “I appeal everyone to help me.” After a couple of tweets on the same matter, Srinagar District Administration reached out to the family with essentials including cooking oil and rice.

Srinagar District Administration tweeted: “Team Srinagar reached out to the family. Tehsildar Eidgah has got basic requirements handed over. Also given local contact number for any further help.”

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