Srinagar: More than 20 people with pellet injuries were brought to SKIMS hospital on Thursday from across the Valley. Some boys as young as 15 have sustained serious pellet injuries in their eyes. Doctors and volunteers said it was another bloody day in Kashmir and they are running out of supplies.
Sahil, 16, a school student, was brought here at 8pm. He said, “At 6pm, security forces started chasing everyone walking on the road and fired pellets indiscriminately.” In this shooting, Sahil sustained pellet injures in chest and eyes.
Eyewitnesses accompanying the injured said that government forces began to attack people after curfew was relaxed in Shah Colony, Fruit Mandi, and Paulpora in Pamposh Colony in Parimpora. An injured from Parimpora said, “Three youths were walking on the road when security forces chased them with sticks. TO save themselves, they jumped into the river. Two among them were saved by people. Everyone started protesting against this brutality and the forces in return fired pellets at everyone.”
Faisal, aged 12, studying in a school in Parimpora, sustained pellet injuries in one eye. His parents talked to him over phone and told him they cannot come because the police are not allowing them.
In Tengpora after 6pm, clashes between security forces and protesters erupted over the beating of shopkeepers who had opened their shop after the relaxation in curfew.
Umar, aged 15, sustained pellet injuries in these clashes. He said, “I was riding on a bicycle when police charged at me, firing pellets. I was not protesting. There was relaxation in curfew.”
Umar has sustained pellet injury in one eye.
Witnesses said after the relaxation in curfew after 6pm, shopkeepers opened their shops and were shot at by security forces without any reason. “This set off clashes between people and security forces,” witnesses said.
Abdul Qayoom, 20, from Tengpora, a BTech student, sustained pellet injury in his eyes. He said he was in extreme pain.
Reyaz Ahmad, 27, was brought here in a pool of blood from Tengpora after hit by pellets in the chest. It took him a while to breathe normally.
Mehraj ud Din, 22, sustained pellet injury in his right eye after forces indiscriminately fired at pedestrians in Zainkote, HMT area.
In Qaimoh, Mazhuma, residents said that at 2pm, forces entered their homes, shattering window panes and beating men, women and children.
Adil, 15, studying in Class 9, sustained pellet injury in his right eye after people came out to protest against the raid and were fired upon by the government forces.
Mohammad Shafi, 20, a student, sustained pellet injury in his eyes in this firing. A woman accompanying him said that the troops molested women. “It is shame on Indian government. This is the last resort of their violence,” she said.
Others injured in this raid include Mudasir, 21, who has pellet injury in his right eye; Abdul Rashid, 30, with pellet injury in his right eye; Umar, 21, a BA student who sustained pellet injury in left eye; and Mohammad Shafi, 24, who has pellet injury in one eye and is being operated on at SKIMS.