Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Saturday directed government to file a comprehensive status report by giving details about the number of persons admitted to all hospitals on each day, treatment taken and date of their discharge since July 9 when the ongoing uprising started in the valley.
A division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed the government to file its response to the Public Interest Litigation by the Kashmir High Court Association, seeking an immediate ban on the use of pellet guns as a means of crown control in the valley.
As the hearing in the PIL started, Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie said that 443 patients with pellet injuries in eyes had been treated at the SMHS Hospital from July 9 to August 15.
“All the patients who reported to the hospital were provided first aid and managed as per protocol for management of trauma. After proper examination of both eyes, the patients underwent ultrasound of injured eyes to know status of the posterior segment of eye including extent of vitreous hemorrhage and the rule out any retinal detachment,” he said, adding that out of 443, 412 patients were admitted and treated in the ophthalmology department while remaining 31 were “managed on OPD-basis conservatively”.
At Bone and Joint Hospital, he said, 24 patients had been admitted and subsequently discharged till August 17.
The advocate general also rejected as ‘false and frivolous’ the contention by the Bar association that some patients have lost vision.
“The patients are still under regular treatment and it is too early to commit that these patients have lost their vision,” he said, adding that most of them need two or more surgeries after primary repair since multiple structures of the eyeball have been damaged. “The chance of developing trauma related complication is very high. The follow up treatment for most patients is at least 1 year and if the patient is non-compliant to treatment or discontinues follow up prematurely chances of vision loss and complications become even greater,” he added.
Senior advocate Zaffar A Shah, appearing for the Bar Association, submitted that the information furnished was incomplete as the details does not reflect the daywise details about the number of patients admitted, number of patients discharged after treatment.
He also submitted that the government had not mentioned in the statement of facts furnished by the advocate the food bill of the (five) pellet victims who were treated at the AIIMS, New Delhi.
“In such circumstances, the Advocate General is directed to file the present status report regarding the number of persons admitted on each day, treatment taken and date of discharge if already discharged with all details,” the division bench said.
It also directed the Advocate General to file the response in the main PIL by the next date on September 6.
“The response as well as the status report as directed shall be filed by 06 September 2016 giving advance copy to the counsel appearing for the petitioner association by 31st August, 2016,” the bench said.
It also gave liberty to the Bar association to file response to the reply to the status report filed today as well as to the one the government has been directed to file.
In another direction, the court granted government time for filing the status of the supply of ration items for the months of August as well as the availability of the essential items like milk, medicine, vegetables.
It also directed government to ensure supply of the essentials to the public wherever the restrictions are in force.