“I witnessed the team of surgeons and anesthetists resuscitating a young 24-year-old bullet-ridden body…the guy lost the battle..he died..i couldn’t hold myself for a while..i couldn’t hold my tears,” narrated a doctor working in SMHS hospital in the Valley.
Srinagar, August 6, 2016
Pellet-gun vicitims With the killing of the three, the death toll of civilian protesters killed by security forces has reached to 56 since July 8.
13 protesters killed, 674 wounded in different parts of Kashmir since Friday.
2Death toll of civilian protesters killed by security forces reached 56 since July 8.
3The Hurriyat Conference described the police action as criminal.
“The number kept increasing, and when we finished at 11 in the night on Friday, we had spent 12 hours in the operation theatre without a break. We were still not done with the patients but we had to stop as the theatre required fumigation,” said a surgeon at the SMHS hospital in Srinagar. The doctor, who operated several injured persons, said most of the injured were in serious condition.
“PEOPLE SHOT AT FROM A CLOSE RANGE”
“I operated upon an injured from Kupwara in the morning. His both eyes were hit by pellets. The prognosis of usable vision in both the eyes is very poor. Moreover, all the patients I operated upon had pellets deep inside their eyes, in the posterior chamber of the eyes, making it immensely grievous. It seems they all were hit from a close range,” the doctor said.
The doctor working in the SMHS, later posted on his Facebook, “When I wanted a break from the emotional scenes inside our theatre, I walked into the next room, trauma theatre of the surgery department with my surgical gown on, by the time I reached the operating table I didn’t know i have lost the battle of emotions. I witnessed the team of surgeons and anesthetists resuscitating a young 24-year-old bullet-ridden body…the guy lost the battle..he died..i couldn’t hold myself for a while..i couldn’t hold my tears..”
KASHMIR BOILS AFTER A MONTH OF BURHAN’S DEATH
Since Friday afternoon, at least three protesters were killed and 674 were wounded in different parts of Kashmir Valley as the government forces fired bullets, pellets and tear gas shells at people protesting against civilian killings.
The call for the protests was given by the separatist political parties. With the killing of the three, the death toll of civilian protesters killed by security forces has reached to 56 since July 8. “Yesterday 674 persons were injured across the valley. We have no information how many of them were wounded by pellets and how many by bullets. I have no record of today”, said a senior official of the health department. Breaking from the practice, the police spokesman didn’t issue any statement on Friday evening about the day’s incidents.
Police and the paramilitary forces, according to the eyewitnesses, burned a tent of the protesters at a village Chee on Saturday. They said the police resorted to pellet firing on protesters wounding 40 persons. According to doctors at the district hospital Anantnag, seven women have sustained pellet injuries, some in their private parts. The Hurriyat Conference described the police action as criminal.
SEEN PELLET INJURIES BUT NOTHING LIKE WHAT I SAW HERE: DOCTOR
Last week Padma Shri award winner Dr. S Natarajan described the scene at the SMHS hospital as scary after he witnessed pellet hit eye injured patients. He says in his long career he has not seen such a scale of eye injuries. Dr. Natarajan, who travels around the world to do surgeries, said he has seen pellet injuries by toy guns but the magnitude of injuries and damage caused by the pellets in Kashmir was unheard off. “I have seen pellet injuries by toy guns but nothing like what I saw here”, he said.
OVER 6000 PELLET CARTRIDGES IN THREE WEEKS
The pellet gun is being used even after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had said she informed the Union Home Minister that the pellet gun should be replaced with a non-lethal weapon. Police records suggest CRPF has fired over 6000 pellet cartridges in Kashmir in more than three weeks to disperse protesters.
According to the experts a single shot from a pellet gun sprays more than a hundred pellets and if a pellet, which is a high-velocity projectile 2mm to 4mm around and with sharp edges, hits an eye it tears apart the retina and optic nerve.