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He went to fight militants, but got injured by 'own brothers'

Civilian protestors render him partly blind He would have been ‘proud’ if he was hit by an ‘enemy bullet’, but CRPF jawan Pradip Basumatary is pained that he has been rendered partially blind by his compatriots -- civilian protestors in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). "I never imagined that I would be injured at the hands of my own brothers," said the 26-year-old, lying in a ward in the AIIMS here. He suffered injuries on his left eye after being hit by a stone during a protest demonstration in Srinagar. "I would have been proud if I was hit by an enemy bullet or injured in counter-insurgency operation. I joined the force to take on militants, but now I am sad that I have been left partially blind at the hands of civilians," he said. Basumatary, posted with the 53 battalion of CRPF, is one among the many who have been injured in recent clashes in Jammu and Kashmir while providing assistance to local police. "I cannot see with my left eye after the incident. Doctors…