Silent protest awaited APD at SMHS Hospital

Silent protest awaited APD at SMHS Hospital
A protest pamphlet is placed beside a woman hit by a teargas shell in Handwara | Photo: Faisal Khan
A protest pamphlet is placed beside a woman hit by a teargas shell in Handwara | Photo: Faisal Khan

SRINAGAR: Had the visiting Indian parliamentarians visited the SMHS Hospital, they would have been greeted by half-blinded pellet victims holding posters that read: “Go India Go Back, We Want Freedom, Revolt Will Continue till Plebiscite”.
Anticipating a visit by the All-Party Delegation of Indian MPs, the pellet victims admitted to the Ward 8 displayed posters in the morning, around the time the delegation arrived in Srinagar.
Many of the injured had decided in advance not to speak to the delegation but to express their political sentiments by keeping silence.
“We wanted to show them what we want, not tell them. I had prepared myself in advance not to speak to them because our leaders had asked us to boycott the so-called delegation,” a 19-year-old injured told Kashmir Reader.
“It often happens that we tell them something and they make something entirely different of it. So the posters would have been enough to convey to them what we want otherwise they distort what we tell them,” he added.
The protestors included a 6-year-old boy and a 70-year-old man.
Abdul Satar, an attendant of one of the injured, who was holding a poster, said he had voted for Sajad Lone’s party in 2014 elections.
“We want an end to this sore. It has claimed young lives.  Although I have no expectations from the delegation, but I wanted them to see, tell them that I too want freedom,” said Satar, whose sister-in-law suffered serious facial injuries after being hit by a teargas canister.
There was no official confirmation about the visit of any member in the hospital but the security was beefed up in the morning, a routine exercise before visit of any top official.
Earlier, a delegation comprising of Indian parliamentarians and journalists had also visited patients and interacted with them.
Hospital superintendent Dr Nazir Chowdry had said nobody had informed him about the visit of the previous delegation. He said he had no information about the visit of the APD today.

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