Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Sajad Rasool
On September 4th, 2016, Xuhaib Maqbool, a photojournalist from Srinagar was hit by pellets. He received pellets in his eyes and ended up losing sight in his left eye. Xuhaib-30, was capturing the images of the protests in NaidYaar area of downtown Srinagar during a protest demonstration against Indian rule in Kashmir. Xuhaib has underwent an eye surgery and is yet to rejoin his duties.
While narrating the story Xuhaib takes us to the street where he was shot. “As a cop was about to press the trigger, I displayed my two cameras shouting I am from ‘Press’. After that I felt some hot metal objects hitting me in my left eye, nose, and thighs. I found myself in a pool of blood,” he recounts.