Srinagar: Seventeen survivors of the firing by government forces at Kundalan village are currently admitted at hospitals in Srinagar, most of them hit by pellets in vital organs including eyes. As per doctors, nine young boys have been maimed due to severe pellet injuries.
The SMHS Hospital casualty ward witnessed chaotic scenes after 15-year-old Tamseel Ahmad Khan of Shopian was declared brought dead at the hospital this afternoon.
The plight of 19-year-old Muzaffar Ahmad of Harmain Shopian caught the attention of every visitor in the Surgical Emergency ward of SMHS Hospital as he lay crying in pain, both his eyes swollen and his chest peppered with pellets. Doctors told Kashmir Reader that he may need surgical intervention again as his condition is not improving.
“He was injured in intense pellet firing by police and paramilitary personnel near the encounter site. They targeted everyone who were on the roadside during the encounter and afterwards,” said his brother.
“It is painful to see him in this condition. Forces don’t spare anyone, be it women or kids,” he said.
Another injured, Umar Rashid of Kulgam, was allegedly “targeted” by police after the conclusion of the encounter. The 22-year-old labourer has been blinded in one eye and has multiple pellet injuries on his head.
“He may not recover eyesight in the left eye as pellets have damaged it seriously,” said a doctor, adding that Umar might need multiple surgeries to get back some vision in his damaged eye.
Like him, there are eight pellet-hit youths admitted in ward no 8 of SMHS Hospital who have lost eyesight.
Ubaid Dar was hit by pellets in his left eye. Doctors said his eyeball has been severely damaged.
Akeel Ahmad said that when he tried to run for his life, a policeman targeted him with pellets which hit his left eye. “When the pellets hit me, I lost consciousness,” he said.
Akeel has already undergone one surgery and doctors have kept their fingers crossed hoping that the vision in his eye will recover. Akeel said he has some blurred vision in his injured eye. “They left me in pain and distress. I can’t see now,” he said.
At SKIMS Hospital Soura, two youths are admitted in critical condition. One of them is in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as his spleen has been damaged after he was hit by a “shell”, as per doctors.
He has undergone surgery to fix the laceration of his spleen. However, doctors said, they are apprehensive about his condition.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq A Jan, told Kashmir Reader that the hospital received two injured on Tuesday. “We received two injured persons who are being managed at the hospital. One of them has to undergo multiple surgeries till we decide about the final management,” he said.
At Barzulla’s Bone and Joint Hospital, four injured were treated for firearm injury, doctors said. “All of them are stable but they will need hospital stay for some more days,” they said.