SRINAGAR: Nearly 1900 people have been injured, 125 with bullets and 595 due to pellets till Thursday following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani last week, the state government told J&K high court on Friday.
The figures are excluding Kulgam, one of the worst hit districts where eight innocent people have been killed in police and paramilitary CRPF action, and Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.
Giving the breakup about the injured persons, Advocate General Janagir Iqbal informed high court that 457 persons have been injured in
Anantnag, 488 in Pulwama, 143 in Kupwara, 304 in Kulgam (without break-up about bullet and pellet injured), 114 in Ganderbal, 181 in Bandipora, 39 in Budgam, 138 in Baramulla.
He said that 266 people have been referred to various hospitals in Srinagar for specialized treatment and major surgeries have been conducted on 90 people.
Regarding persons with bullet injures, he said, 79 belong to Anantnag, 34 to Pulwama, 2 to Kupwara, one to Ganderbal, 7 to Bandipora, 2 to Budgam and no one to Baramulla while such details about Kulgam and Srinagar were not available.
About pellet injured, the advocate general said that 234 belong to Anantnag, 225 to Pulwama, 54 to Kupwara, 78 to Baramulla, 4 to Budgam, none in Ganderbal, none in Bandipora, while no details have been given about Kulgam. He said 93 ambulances have been damaged. The advocate general put the number of dead at 23.
Medical Superintendent of SHMS hospital informed 113 people were admitted for pellet wounds in eyes, 43 with bullets, 69 with extra-ocular pellets, 10 with shells, 14 with beating by government forces and 10 others with other injuries.
Meanwhile, a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar directed the director health service Kashmir to ensure the availability of medicines in all the hospitals where the injured persons are getting treatment. It also directed the
director SKIMS to file status report regarding the availability of medicines and other items for the treatment and actual supply made to the patients.
The court also directed director CAPD to ensure the availability of the essential items particularly food items and LPG to the public without any hindrance in the mode which is feasible according to him for supply of such essential items.
Earlier, the Director CAPD furnished details about that government sale centres which were opened upto 14 July except Kupwara and Shopian district.
“Even though number of sale centres which were opened is mentioned, the area wise details were sale centres which were opened and functional is not mentioned. Similarly the availability of LPG and other essential items is mentioned, the complete details as to whether people in the Valley are getting the essential items without any difficulty,” the court observed before passing the directions to the director CAPD.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation initiated by it on a letter addressed to it by J&K peoples forum through its general secretary M M Shuja. The petition has been posted on July 18.