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Bemina firing: Survivors recall panic on cricket ground

Srinagar, March 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Muhammad Asif shivers, while recalling the moment he and his friends were bleeding and laying helpless on ground. He remembers the shock on people’s faces as he watched them run helter-skelter, trying to escape from the indiscriminate firing after CRPF camp at Bemina was attacked on Wednesday. Asif, 18, an engineering student and an injured survivor, received splinter injuries on head, upper back, legs and buttock.

He was admitted to the SMHS Hospital after a couple of youth brought him there for treatment. Though doctors declared him out of danger and his injuries quite manageable, they still put him under observation.

“I was helping my friends in preparing the pitch for a cricket match when suddenly couple of blasts left us in shock and confusion. Then the firing started. I was immediately hit by splinters. My head was profusely bleeding,” he recalls.

All the four civilians injured in the attack including Asif belong to Nundreshi Colony, Bemina. They recount the chaos and panic that erupted in the cricket field after sudden blasts and subsequent firing.

Another survivor, 21-year-old Suhail Nazir Dar of Nundreshi Colony says he was heading towards the nearby market to buy grocery when high-speed splinters left him bleeding and breathless. “I was walking on a footpath along the cricket ground when explosions rocked the area. I started running for cover and was hit by splinters all over my body,” Suhail recalls.

Suhail says he ducked after hearing the loud sounds. He was screaming after a splinter pierced her chest. “It has left deep wound in his chest,” doctors at the Causality of SMHS Hospital said.

Obaid Farooq, 23, a shopkeeper too has been hit and is unable to walk. He crawled away and managed to find his way to a van taking victims to the hospital. Obaid said he didn’t realize how badly he was hurt by the splinters until he reached the hospital.

Mudassir Ahmad Wani, 22-, who is also injured, says he remembers people looking at him and their eyes just widening because “I was covered in blood. After reaching the hospital I realized how horrible the situation was.”

Ahmad says he later learnt he had wounds in his arms, face and chest.

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