Srinagar, September 25, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, three brothers from Chandkoot village of Baramulla were admitted to three different hospitals after being hit by pellets, making it difficult for their family and relatives to attend to them. Mohammad Aslam Ganai, 25, Umar Ganai, 19, and Farooq Ahmad Ganai, 21, suffered serious pellet injuries after forces fired on a peaceful demonstration held in protest against the raid at a venue where the people from several villages were scheduled to offer Friday prayers collectively on the call of the resistance leadership.
Scores of pellets have pierced the skin of Aslam’s leg, who has been admitted to the SMHS Hospital. The severity of the wounds becomes visible only when he lifts the green bed sheet off his legs. In ward 17 of the hospital, where Umar has been admitted, it is hard to tell the most seriously injured inmate, as all patients are plastered and look like carbon copies of one another. Umar is identifiable by a group of men who have surrounded his bed and are talking with a sense of urgency. His entire torso appears bandaged and two red stains stand out distinctly in the whiteness of the bandage.
Farooq has suffered pellet injuries in the right eye. Along with Aslam and Umar, doctors referred them to Kreeri hospital, where Farooq is currently undergoing treatment. Umar told media that people of Churoo, Chandkoot, Bagdara, Duwlatpora and Saloosa villages had decided to offer Friday prayers together at a sports ground in Saloosa at 2:00pm. Tents furnished with matting had been installed at the ground. Public address system was in place.
He said police arrived at the venue in two vehicles at about 11:00am and left after surveying the arrangements. But at about 1:00pm, police came again, this time in many vehicles, he said. “As soon as forces personnel got down from their vehicles they rushed into inside the venue and ransacked everything. Then they burnt down tents. They also damaged power transformers in Saloosa village,” said Umar. The people offered prayers at 2:30pm and after prayers decided to take out a protest march to Churoo village. Many people were injured in the incident but six of us were targeted.
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