Anantnag (Islamabad): Several women and children from this South Kashmir district, 50 kms from Srinagar, are among hundreds of people who have sustained injuries during protests in the past few days and are being treated at the district hospital.
According to doctors, about 150 injured from Anantnag district and certain areas of nearby Kulgam are being treated at the Anantnag district hospital. “More than 120 have bullet, pellet and tear-gas shell injuries while the rest have sustained injuries after being thrashed by the forces,” a doctor, who wished not to be named, said.
Masooda Tabasum, 40, from Dabruna village of Anantnag sustained bullet injuries in her leg when forces opened fire on protesters near Achajipora area of Anantnag town on Monday. She is being treated at the district hospital
“Women from Dabruna held a peaceful protest march from the village and once they reached Achajipora, police and CRPF men mercilessly thrashed the marchers, lobbed tear-gas canisters, pepper grenades and used pellet guns and later also opened fire on them,” said Masooda’s daughter. She said several other women also sustained injuries in the police action. Masooda’s husband Feroze Ahmad Kadoo also sustained severe pellet injuries in thighs and is also being treated at the hospital.
The government forces did not spare elderly women. Sara Bano, 73, of Goriwan area of Bijbehara town is also being treated at the district hospital after sustaining “critical injuries” as CRPF men beat her to pulp. She has fractured legs and arms, according to doctors.
“The CRPF men went on rampage in our locality and barged into our house, ransacked the household goods and beat up the inmates including women and children,” said Ghulam Hassan, husband of Sara Bano. He said the CRPF men dragged his wife to the lawn and kicked and beat her up with gun-butts and bamboos.
Hassan’s son Muhammad Ashraf, 37, was also thrashed by CRPF men and is also being treated alongside his mother.
Yasmeena, 21, of Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district who sustained critical bullet injuries in her abdomen during protests on Saturday succumbed to injuries at a Srinagar hospital late on Sunday night. “The government forces resorted to indiscriminate firing at Damhal Hanjipora on the civilians including women who were protesting the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani,” locals told Greater Kashmir.
Four other people were killed in the same area and many injured are being treated in different hospitals.
Children also became the target of forces’ “brutalities”, according to locals. 10-year-old Mohsin from Vailoo Kokernag, who is also admitted in the district hospital, has sustained bullet injuries in his leg after CRPF men fired at a procession on Saturday.
“The protest was peaceful and there was no provocation at all but the CRPF men resorted to indiscriminate firing, killing one protester and injuring several others,” said his father, Muhammad Mubarak. Class 10th student Shah Jasmeen of Silgam area of Aishmuqam is also being treated for bullet injuries. “The protest in our locality was peaceful and people were raising pro-Azadi and pro-Burhan slogans, but this angered the paramilitary forces camped near Akad Park for Amarnath Yatra duty and they fired directly on the protesters on Saturday,” said Jasmeen’s father, Mansoor Ahmad. Jasmeen was rushed to hospital by locals only and due to communication breakdown in the area, his family was clueless about his whereabouts. “We managed to reach to the hospital on Sunday only but our neighbors and people from Islamabad town were taking care of him,” said his mother. One of the persons was killed in this firing incident at Akad, locals said. Another 10th class student Burhan of Khanabal area of Anantnag town is also having bullet injury in his leg.
“The forces fired at protesters at Khanbal, killing one and injuring many others on Saturday late evening and Burhan was among the injured too,” local residents said.
Attendants of scores of patients alleged that government forces attacked vehicles in which injured were being ferried.
“Those injured in Achabal and Kokernag areas were showered with pellets on way to District Hospital Janglat Mandi near Sherpora area,” locals said. They said many of them were severely beaten up and are being treated at district hospital.
“Even ambulance driver ferrying a patient to Srinagar hospital was attacked by the CRPF men near Sangam. He was mercilessly thrashed and the ambulance also damaged,” a doctor at hospital said. He said the driver is at home with both arms fractured.
Courtesy: Greater Kashmir