Srinagar: Seventeen civilians injured during clashes at Chadoora, nine of them with bullet injuries, were admitted to SMHS hospital on Tuesday. Volunteers rushed to the hospital to help the injured and their attendants. The scenes of women wailing, sirens ringing from ambulances, and medical staff rushing in and out of the hospital building were reminiscent of the situation during the uprising last year.
“The government is directly waging war on Kashmiris. This is the time to retaliate and give a befitting reply,” said a number of angry people attending the injured at the hospital.
Three youths were admitted to the hospital with bullet injuries on their chest. The people who saw them said that it was evidence of government forces directly shooting at protesters with bullets with the aim to kill.
The father of a youth injured by bullets had himself sustained injuries during the clashes with government troops in Chadoora. Abdul Rahim, 65, spent two hours waiting outside the operation theatre where his son Ilyas Ahmad was being operated on. He told Kashmir Reader that his 30-year-old son was a mechanic by profession and was at home till the afternoon, when he went out to the family orchard. “Had he not gone out, he would not have been battling for life at the hospital,” Rahim said.
Rahim said he had told his son to remain inside the house as the troops were shooting at whoever came in their way.
“He (Ilyas) gave me the impression that he had no intention to go near the encounter site,” Rahim said in rueful voice. “But I saw him along with two of his friends in a car heading towards our orchard. They told me that they were going to the nearby brick kilns and would return within half an hour.”
After his operation, Ilyas told this correspondent, “How could we rest at home when our brothers were being killed? My conscience didn’t allow me to sit at home and I rushed to the spot,” he said.
Rahim said that within 20 minutes of seeing his son in the car, he received a phone call from a relative that Ilyas had been badly injured and had been taken to a Srinagar hospital.