Doctors say injured carried ‘splinter injuries’
SRINAGAR: Nine injured persons were brought from Tral to SMHS Hospital on Thursday with what doctors describe as “splinter injuries”. The injured included a minor girl, a teenage boy, and an elderly man. Two of the injured, Mushtaq Ahmad and Shabir Ahmad, were referred to SKIMS Soura for specialised treatment.
At Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, doctors said that Mushtaq Ahmad and Shabir Ahmad had “splinter injuries” in their abdomen and chest. Mushtaq, 35, is in critical condition as doctors say the splinters damaged his internal organs in the abdomen region.
“The impact of the splinters was such that it damaged his organs. We had to perform emergency surgery to remove the foreign particles. We have put him on life support but his condition is still unstable,” Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura, Dr Amin Tabish, told Kashmir Reader. He said Shabir was out of danger but he will remain under observation for some days.
Another injured, Sajad Ahmad, had “splinter injuries” in his legs. Doctors said he would be discharged soon as his condition had improved after treatment. At the emergency trauma ward of SMHS hospital, 60-year-old Ali Muhammad Wani was lying in a pool of blood oozing from his wounds. He had in both his legs “splinter injuries” that he sustained during the grenade attack at Tral bus stand. His nephew, Ishfaq Ahmad, said that police and army fired indiscriminately into the crowd after the grenade attack.
Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh, 28, one of those injured in Tral, said he was more frightened due to the indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by government forces that followed the grenade attack.
Manzoor is admitted at the Surgical Emergency ward of SMHS.
Faisal Ahmad Gojar, 14, told Kashmir Reader that he was injured at the bus stand when the blast took place. He said that the blast was followed by firing from the government forces.
“It was dark all around me. I tried to stand up but couldn’t, as I was badly hit in my legs. Soon after the blast, intense firing started,” he said.
Superintending Engineer of the Roads & Buildings (R&B) department, Showkat Ahmad, and his driver, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Satari, were injured in the grenade attack at Tral.
“We were part of the minister’s cavalcade when the attack took place. The blast happened very close to our vehicle. It was a close shave for me and for the superintending engineer,” Sattari told Kashmir Reader at SMHS, where he is currently admitted.