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Doctors suspect ‘something else’ in pellets

Srinagar, November 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, doctors, who are unsatisfied with the ambiguous report compiled by the Ophthalmology Pathologists in India, suspect something else about the pellet shots causing eye insides to turn into a charcoal-like substance.

Doctors at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar as well as outside the Valley are still unsure of what caused the pellet-hit eyes to burn and crumple from inside after the injury.

Although samples from the pellet injured eyes were sent to pathologists for examination three months ago, the doctors who had requested the analysis said that the reports were ambiguous and inconclusive.

Over 100 civilians have been killed by Indian armed forces, about 15,000 injured and over 10,000 arrested during the past five months in occupied Kashmir in order to quell the pro-freedom uprising triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, on July 8. About 1,500 civilians among the injured have been either fully or partially blinded by pellet guns used by the occupation forces on the protesters.

Doctors said that they were not satisfied with the report of the Ophthalmology Pathologists and that further analysis was required. “All they have told us is that the sample is an eye tissue that has burnt,” Dr S Natarajan, renowned Indian retina surgeon said. Dr Natarajan, who has operated hundreds of pellet hit eyes in Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, said that the report did not mention metal part anywhere. He added that the pathologists had done the histopathology only and the chemical composition of pellets could not be ascertained from that.

Doctors said that it was a known thing that pellets, when fired, have a high velocity which turns into heat when inside the body. This velocity, they said, could be lethal for delicate tissues like eyes. “These pellets enter the body with a high velocity and have a high mechanical energy which turns into lethal heat energy inside the eye,” a doctor said.

However, doctors at the SMHS Hospital as well as doctors from India wanted to be certain that it was ‘something else’ in the pellets that were causing the damage. “There seems to be something more than just heat causing the burns,” a senior doctor at the SMHS Hospital said. “Perhaps, there is a coating on pellets that causes a chemical reaction inside the eyes,” he added.

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