SRINAGAR: The SMHS hospital has sent shock waves across Kashmir by furnishing data on pellet injuries in response to RTI petitions. The data has been furnished by the Department of Surgery and Opthamology. A total of 91 including 36 eye injuries have been received from March 2010 to October 2013.
The experts at the hospital in their replies said the pellet gun can cause grievous injuries to vital organs and may even cause permanent blindness. “Most of the injuries are in the upper abdominal region ranging from chest to face. It can also cause penetrating injuries of brain, neck, chest and abdomen causing damage to vital organs and viscera, in which case the victims may need emergency surgery for life threatening wounds,” they added.
The gun, experts believe can cause superficial to deep burns at local areas, damage to eyes can cause temporary or permanent blindness or visual impairment, they opined.
The replies have, however, ruled out death due to injuries caused by the pellet gun. “Total number of death observed due to excessive use of pellets by pellet guns by Police or CRPF from March 2010 to October 2013 is nil,” the reply from Surgery department said.
The reply also said that 14 patients “had no chances of regaining eye sight on initial examination.” The fate of those referred outside the state is unknown, it said.
The reply from Ophthalmology Department gives the total number of patients admitted with pellet gun injuries from 2010 to October 2013 . “It is 36 (18 in 2010, five in 2011, six in 2012 and seven in 2013). Out of these 27 were open globe injuries and 8 closed globe injuries,” the reply from hospital’s said. Out of these 27 were open globe injuries and eight closed globe injuries,” the reply reveals.
All open globe injuries, the reply from the department said, were subjected to surgeries. “Out of these, 17 had very severe injuries and very poor prognosis. 14 had retained pellets inside eyeball and were refereed outside the state for further management,” it said, adding “in closed globe injuries, three had direct injury to optic nerve and had very poor prognosis and in rest pellets were embed in superficial structures which were removed and all recovered.”
Two separate RTI applications filed by one Abdul Manaan Bukhari of Baghat Kanipora. The RTIs has sought information regarding the pellet gun injuries from the period of March 2010 to October 2013.