Amarnath yatris recount tales of horror

Two women, who were injured in the militant attack on the Amarnath yatris, and their attendants, admitted at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here recounted the tales of horror that they went through after the attack.

On Tuesday, the two injured Amarnath pilgrims, Lalita and Pushpa Gosaiwi, were referred to SKIMS Soura for specialised treatment here and they have now been declared out of danger.

 The hospital staff received them in blood soaked condition and both of them were operated upon at SKIMS.

 Lalita Ben, 45, from Gujarat who remains admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (SICU) of the hospital has been visited by number of state functionaries including the top officers from district administration. She remains in a listless state while as Pushpa is recuperating at the post operative surgical ward after she underwent emergency surgery.

Writhing on bed number 29 she has been taken care of by doctors as well as local Muslim attendants. Crying in pain, doctors said that she was lucky to be live. She thanked Muslim  Kashmiris who helped her to be taken to the hospital as she spoke in whispers.

 She says that at the hospital she was taken care of by a Muslim from Jammu. “I was helped out by Mustafa Bhai in this hour grief. He is our family friend and runs a hotel in Jammu and I have been arranging the yatra on annual basis,’’ she said.

 She was traveling to Katra to pay obeisance at Vaishno Devi shrine, when along with other yatris she was taken unawares by a barrage of gunfire. 

“We were not part of Amarnath Yatra convoy as we had already completed the pilgrimage last week,’’ she said.

 Talking to Kashmir Vision, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS, Dr Syed Amin Tabish, said that the two yatris are stable and the doctors and paramedical worked hard to save their lives.

“Our medical staff has been taking care of the injured persons and the credit for saving their lives must go to them,’’ he said. Tabish said that there was no  need to shift the two injured outside Kashmir for treatment as they were out of danger.

The local attendants in the wards had also come to attend the yatris. Pushpa said that she was left in a pool of blood, while being shifted to the SKIMS.  An attendant said that the yatris were “ always welcome in Kashmir.’’ “ It is our  duty to make them feel at home here,’’ he said.

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