Srinagar, April 12: : When Abdul Salam Bhat reached SMHS Hospital on Wednesday, he was unconscious and his neck was bleeding profusely. Minutes later, doctors operated on him at the Emergency OT. After the surgery, they shifted him to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he is now on a ventilator.
The 50-year-old artisan from Hawoora in Kulgam was hit by a bullet in Khudwani area during Wednesday’s encounter between government forces and militants there. His wife, Muneera, broke down at SMHS’s Casualty Ward when someone informed her that the condition of Bhat was critical.
“Maeni yaaro… be kyuho karre tche ross (My beloved, what will I do without you),” she cried, even as relatives consoled her.
For more than an hour, Muneera sat on a bench in the waiting hall and wailed.
“She is completely broken after she saw people carrying her husband on a stretcher,” said Shaheena, her sister-in-law.
Many people who accompanied Bhat raised pro-freedom slogans while making their way towards the ICU. As the number of injured brought to the hospital increased, so did the number of attendants and the chaos, prompting authorities to declare a ‘crisis situation’.
Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital, Dr Saleem Tak, said the hospital received five injured, including two with bullet injuries, two with pellet injuries, and one with a head injury.
On Bhat’s condition he said, “The Bullet has pierced through his neck, which is why we are concerned about his well-being. We immediately put him on ventilator as his condition is still at risk.”
Another injured, Adil Ahmad Dar, was admitted to the Surgical Emergency ward after being hit by a ‘stun grenade’.
“I was at my shop in Khudwani area when police fired tear smoke and sound shells towards me. One of the shells hit me on the head and I was knocked down on the ground,” he said.
Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq A Jan, said the hospital received five injured persons from Kulgam and Anantnag.
“One of them is Adil Ahmad of Anantnag who is very critical as he has a firearm injury on his head. He has been operated on and put on ventilator. His condition continues to be critical. Let’s hope and pray he recovers from the serious injury,” he said, adding that the other injured persons are in stable condition and “will be discharged soon”.
According to Dr Jan, SHO Baramulla has also been admitted to the hospital in critical condition. “He also has a head injury and has been operated on,” Dr Jan said.