SRINAGAR: Pellet horror returned to haunt Kashmir as government forces fired on protestors on the day of parliamentary bypolls in Srinagar constituency on Sunday.
The trauma centre in SMHS received more than 30 cases of bullet and pellet victims.
A youth, Gulzar Ahmad, from Utligam Budgam was critically injured when he was hit with pellets from a close range. Gulzar had been hit with pellets in his chest, abdomen and back during protests against an earlier police action against the locals.
Witnesses said that he was shot at close range by CRPF when people were protesting the earlier police firing of pellets and teargas in the area.
“We rushed him to the district hospital where we were told to shift him to SMHS. He was critical but later operated on and now he is stable according to doctors,” Farooq Ahmad, an attendant said.
More than 70 people have been injured in protests and clashes across the parliamentary constituency, mainly in Budgam district.
One of the injured, a class-11 student Aqib Ramzan from Kawooosa area of Budgam, was shot with pellets, inside his home, according to his family. They said that government forces barged into the residential houses in area, and Aqib received pellets in his eyes, face and arms. He has “80 percent damage to his eyesight,”.
“Everything was normal; we were sitting at home when the protests erupted outside. Police and paramilitary forces barged into our home when Aqib tried to confront them they shot him with pellets leaving him bleeding unconsciously on the floor,” Jan Mohammad, Aqib’s brother said.
“Doctors said he has 80 percent damage (in eyes) and they will be doing another surgery in coming days.”
Another 10th-class student, Mohammad Arif from Beerwah, lost vision in his right eye after police shot him with pellets. Arif was, according to his family, caught between protesters and the forces outside his home.
“He was returning from a playground, as there were protests going on outside our home, he tried to reach home, but was shot with pellets which damaged his right eye and we rushed him to SMHS without any delay,” said Mohammad Irfan, a relative of Arif.