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Bullet, pellet victims’ families recount horror

Srinagar, June 01, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, over a dozen pellet and bullet victims are battling injuries at SMHS hospital in Srinagar after they were hit in Indian forces’ firing in Kulgam and Shopian districts on Tuesday and Wednesday. Nadia Jan, sister of Yawar Lone, who was hit by a bullet in abdomen in Kulgam on Wednesday, was praying in corridor as he was critical at intensive care unit (ICU) of the SMHS hospital. The 25-year-old youth was hit by a bullet during a peaceful protest.

“He suffered excessive blood loss in ambulance. We were not sure whether he could survive,” said Yawar’s uncle, Mohammad Akbar. “We have witnessed such an incident for the first time. This is very shocking for us. We all are numb. Indian forces are targeting civilians,” he said.

At the twin rooms of ophthalmology ward of SMHS hospital, more than a dozen pellet victims from Kulgam, Shopian and Ganderbal have again occupied beds and waiting to be treated for their injuries.

Among them is, Neelofar, a 26-year-old girl of Pinjoora, Shopian. She was hit by pellets in left eye on Wednesday in the forces’ firing. At the hospital most of the pellet victims have their eyes closed.

Like Neelofar, Uzma, another Pinjoora resident was hit by pellets in left eye outside her home. “She was at home. Some youth had taken injured youth in our locality. We wanted to go out to help them. But the forces showered pellets on us,” said Uzma’s aunty Haleema, who is attending her at the ward.

Aadil Dar of Ganderbal is another fresh victim of the pellet gun. A 2nd-year student, Aadil was hit when students of Govt. Degree College, Ganderbal, where he studies, had protested the killing of prominent mujahid commander, Zakir Musa, on Tuesday. “He told me he was very away from the protesting crowd. He is very innocent. He is not able to see from his left eye,” Aadil’s brother said.

Like him, Tawsif Ahmad, 16, of Kulgam is another victim of pellet gun. He was hit in both eyes on Wednesday. A senior ophthalmologist attending the pellet victims said that on Wednesday they operated 13 victims including two females for primary repair. Medical Superintendent of SMHS, Dr Nazir H Chowdhary, said on Tuesday and Wednesday over 30 injured have been admitted for treatment.

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