Many teenagers have pellet injuries in eyes
Srinagar: Panic and chaos prevailed at hospitals of Srinagar, which received the majority of the civilians injured in south Kashmir by bullets and pellets fired by government forces on crowds of protestors on Sunday. Those who brought the injured to the hospitals raised pro-freedom and pro-militant slogans. Screams and wails of family members rent the air as the critically injured were rushed inside operation theatres. The emergency ward was full of dozens of injured.
16-year-old Muneeb Ahmad of Shopian was operated on immediately as doctors said he had “serious internal injuries”, the bullet having pierced his abdomen. “He has been admitted in the ICCU as his condition couldn’t be stabilised even after the surgery,” Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital, Dr Saleem Tak, told Kashmir Reader.
Dr Tak said that nearly 33 persons had pellet injuries among the 35 injured persons received at the hospital till 5pm.
“Most of them are being operated on at Ophthalmology Theatre for eye injury. One of them has pellet injury in both eyes. We have operated upon him but we are not sure about his vision. It will be clear after some days,” Dr Tak said.
Among the 33 pellet victims, Aalim of Nagbal and Sabu of Sugan in Shopian are the youngest. Both have “serious” pellet injury in their left eye.
“I was sitting outside my home when police fired indiscriminately towards people who had gathered to protest. I was not part of the protest but the forces targeted me also,” said Aalim, a Class 8 student.
Sabu, 13, said police fired pellets and bullets indiscriminately outside his house when he was playing in a park.
“It was a blackout for me when the pellet hit my eye,” he said.
Arshid Chopan, 22, a carpenter from Kachdur in Shopian, said he went out during protests near an encounter site and was injured in the firing.
He is now admitted at the surgical emergency ward of SMHS as the bullet has badly injured his left leg. His family rushed to the hospital and was waiting anxiously outside the operation theater in the evening.
“He is lucky that he survived, while many people were killed,” said his cousin, an eyewitness to the firing.
SKIMS Soura also saw chaotic scenes due to the inflow of critically injured persons. Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq A Jan said they admitted nine injured persons from Shopian and Kulgam since the morning, three of whom were in critical condition.
“Three persons are critical as bullets have damaged their internal organs. We have operated upon them and are hopeful that they will recover,” he said.