Indiscriminate firing leaves many critical in Shopian

Indiscriminate firing leaves many critical in Shopian
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In ‘very difficult case’, doctors at SMHS remove spleen of Class 12 student

Srinagar: Army and police have resorted to “indiscriminate” firing on civilians after the conclusion of their gunfight with militants, said survivors of the incident in south Kashmir’s Batagund village as they narrated the horrific ordeal.
At SMHS hospital, 15 injured persons are battling with severe damage to their internal organs and eyes as they had a close shave with death in the firing incident.
According to doctors, most of the critically injured persons have “firearm injuries above waist.”
One of them is Riyaz Ahmad, a Class 12 student of Badusgam Shopian, who continues to be in critical condition as doctors have removed his spleen. The bullet had hit him in abdomen, rupturing it beyond repair. < More on Page 4
Doctors said the impact due to the bullet was such that his spleen was ruptured into pieces.
“It was a very difficult case to handle, as there was a lot of blood loss. We had to undergo emergency surgery to save his life,” the doctors said.
The boy’s mother, who was wailing continuously at the Emergency ward of SMHS hospital, described how a usual morning turned into agonising grief.
“Police and army fired bullets and pellets on youths who were working in the orchard. One youth was killed and my son injured,” she said.
Another injured youth admitted to the hospital had bullet injury in gluteal region.
Aqib Ahmad, 18, was injured in firing by forces in Batgund area of south Kashmir and its adjoining villages on Sunday.
He is admitted to the Surgical Emergency of SMHS Hospital. His condition continues to be critical as the bullet is still in the body.
“We are apprehensive that the bullet may have damaged some nerves and bones. We are yet to operate on him as we are planning a specialised surgical tomorrow,” a doctor said.
“We are closely monitoring his condition. Though we have given first-aid, there is apprehension of sepsis if we won’t take care,” he said.
Among those injured admitted to the Emergency ward, Mehraj is the youngest, who has received bullet injuries in elbow and abdomen.
“He was busy in the orchard to help his relatives when the army fired indiscriminately at the farmers there, after coming back from the encounter,” his mother told Kashmir Reader.
Another man, Ishfaq Ahmad Parray of Kulgam, has been seriously injured by pellets on chest, abdomen and arms. He is recuperating in the hospital but doctors are apprehensive about him, too.
“Hundreds of pellets have penetrated his body at critical regions. We have put him in emergency room so that we are able to monitor his condition,” said a surgeon.
Casualty Medical Officer, SMHS Hospital, said the hospital has received 15 injured so far, of which five persons had bullet injuries and the others had pellet injuries.
“Most of them had bullet and pellet injuries above the wa ist. We have referred one injured youth to SKIMS Soura because he might need treatment by CVTS department,” the Casualty officer said.