Srinagar: Survivors of the firing by government forces in Shopian district on Sunday said that the forces fired bullets and pellets “indiscriminately” at civilian protestors. “Police and army fired at people from all directions. They were targeting protestors to kill. Many civilians hiding in orchards were also targeted,” said Zubair Ahmad, a resident of Reban village.
Ahmad, 19, said he was working in orchards after the conclusion of the encounter in Badigam when forces fired pellets at him. “I was working in the orchards when at about 11am forces came rushing towards the orchard and targeted me with pellets,” he told Kashmir Reader at SMHS Hospital where he is admitted. Doctors said that Ahmad had suffered serious damage in his liver and intestinal region due to pellets.
“The pellets have entered his abdominal region and caused laceration of the liver,” the doctors said.
SMHS Hospital treated nearly 30 persons from south Kashmir districts on Sunday. Most of them had severe damage to their internal organs and eyes. “Most of the injured have bullet injuries above the waist,” a doctor at SMHS said.
Sajad Ahmad, 27, a labourer from Imam Sahab area of Shopian, is in critical condition as doctors say the bullet had ripped through his abdomen. “The bullet has affected his internal organs badly. He has to undergo emergency surgery to save him,” doctors said.
Nearly 15 persons with pellet injuries in the eyes were admitted to the ophthalmology ward of SMHS. Irshad Ahmad Koli, 18, is admitted in Ward 8, his right eye badly damaged by pellets.
“We are closely monitoring his condition as the perforated injury has left serious wounds. We will decide about his further treatment after 24 hours,” doctors said of Koli’s injuries.
Shoaib Malik, a Class 7 student, has lost eyesight in his left eye due to pellets, doctors said. He told Kashmir Reader that policemen “targeted” him after the conclusion of the encounter in Badigam. “I had accompanied our friends to the encounter site when police fired indiscriminately at the civilians while they were coming back from the encounter site,” he said.
“He may need multiple surgeries to get back some vision in his damaged eye,” said the doctor who operated on him.
Another youth, Simnan Ayub of Turkwangam Shopian, has been seriously injured in his right eye. Pellets have severely damaged his eyeball, a doctor said.