‘Bullets, pellets fired indiscriminately’

‘Bullets, pellets fired indiscriminately’
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Survivors say forces barged into homes, many receive severe damage to internal organs

Manzoor-ul-Hassan

SRINAGAR: Survivors of firing by government forces on civilians after the killing of Lashkar commander Abu Dujana in Pulwama on Tuesday narrate the horror of ‘indiscriminate’ firing after the operation ended.
Among the seventeen injured admitted to SMHS hospital, 9 are battling with severe damage to their vital organs. The close shave with death caused by the bullet injuries are evident on their faces. Doctors say most of the bullet victims have been hit above their waste.
One survivor, Sakeena, of Narbal Pulwama, screams in pain every time she adjusts herself on the hospital bed in the emergency ward. The 27-year-old says that army and police barged into their house and fired indiscriminately towards the family members. She was hit in both legs and left unconscious. “It was a cruel act as army fired indiscriminately at us,” she says.
Her family said that Sakeena was sitting in the lawn in front of the house when she was hit with multiple bullets fired by army and SOG of police. “Our village was peaceful as there was no protest over the killing of militants. However, forces left us in grief after killing a youth and critically injuring many others,” said Ajaz Mir, Sakeena’s brother-in-law.
Another victim, Ajaz Ahmad Dar, of Pulwama has bullet injuries in his abdomen. Doctors say that his vital organs have been impacted. “The bullet has affected his internal organs. We are accessing specific damage. We have to do multiple surgeries to keep him out of danger,” a doctor said.
Shahid Ahmad, 17, another injured described how a happy morning turned into a nightmare when police and army showered bullets and pellets on people sitting in lawns and working in fields, leaving dozens injured. Admitted in the surgical emergency at SMHS Hospital for a bone perforation in his thigh due to a bullet, he is being “closely monitored”.
“The injury has damaged his bone. Though we have stabilized him, but he needs orthopedic consultation,” said a doctor. Ahmad, from Kakpora, was injured outside his friend’s house at Narbal Pulwama when army allegedly targeted him after killing the militants in Hakripora, nearly 2 Kms from the Village.
“I had gone to meet my friend when army and SOG fired at civilians on their way back from the encounter,” Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
Among the injured is Adil Ahmad, who says he was working in the fields when a bullet hit him in his left leg, leaving him grievously injured. Doctors who treated him said that the bullet had inflicted severe trauma to the bone and the scenario seemed bad.
Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary, said the hospital received 17 injured till Tuesday afternoon, out which nine have bullet injuries, four have eye injuries due to pellets and one was hit by a teargas shell.
“Most of them had bullet and pellet injuries on vital parts,” he said.
One of the pellet victims is a student at Amar Singh College. He was hit with pellets outside the college when police fired at him.

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