Srinagar: The state government has started the process of identifying persons who were fully or partially disabled due to government forces’ action during the summer uprising of 2016, so as to offer them monetary compensation and government support.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Bashir Khan told Kashmir Reader that a meeting was held in this regard and details will be soon made public.
“We are collecting the details of people who became disabled during the law and order problem in the year 2016,” Khan said. “The details as to how many persons were rendered disabled are not yet clear. We are in the process of collecting more details. Once we have them, we will inform you”.
The meeting to which Khan referred was held on March 20. The divisional commissioner met various government officials including the Inspector General of Police, Director Health Services, senior officials of the CID (Criminal Investigation Department), and representatives of SKIMS hospital to ascertain how many people were permanently or partially disabled during the summer uprising of 2016.
An official source present at the meeting told Reader that nothing substantial came out of the meeting.
“The health officials persisted with the line that they had already sent the data to the government on daily basis,” the source said. “However, after discussions, it was found that the exact figures of disabled persons were yet to be arrived at. The health officials and the police officers present in the meeting will again count the number of the disabled persons.”
According to the state health services, 8,995 people sustained firearm injuries in 2016. Out of this number, 6,200 persons sustained pellet injuries and 365 persons sustained bullet injuries. About 1,100 people sustained injuries in their eyes due to pellets, which left scores of them blind in one or both eyes.
Newspapers have reported that the government is planning to set up a school for the blind for the education of those who lost their vision to pellets used by government forces in 2016.