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12 out of 45 injured had bullet injuries in Shopian
SRINAGAR, May 8: Of the 45 persons injured in Shopian on May 6 clashes and brought to SMHS hospital, 12 had suffered bullet injuries and 33 received pellet injuries.

Dr Mohammad Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent (MS) of Sri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital on Tuesday confirmed that 45 persons were brought to SMHS from Shopian on May 6.

“We usually consider bullet injured as critical till they recuperate. We received 45 injured persons on Sunday out of which 12 had suffered bullet injuries above waste. But no one is critical” said Tak talking to ‘Kashmir Times’.

The MS said two among them were beaten by the government forces but were discharged from the hospital after necessary treatment.

He said out of 45 injured persons, 33 persons were admitted with pellet injuries. However none was reported to have lost eyesight.

“There are eight patients with bullet injuries being treated here at present. Some of them have to undergo major surgery. Rest thirty seven patients have already been discharged,” added Tak.

It may be in place to mention that one of the critically injured youth who was admitted at SMHS hospital on Sunday lost his battle for life today.

A civilian identified as Sufail Ahmad 14, son of Ghulam Hassan Bhat of Dachoo Shopian, succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital.

“He was critically injured as three of his vital organs were damaged. Bullet had pierced through his abdomen which caused fracture in spinal chip and grade-4 liver and kidney injury,” said the MS, SMHS.

Meema Jan 25 daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Shah of Imaam Sahab Nagbal who was hit with bullet in her abdomen needs to undergo major surgery within few days.

“She was at her home when the bullet pierced the wall and then hit her abdomen when army and police fired indiscriminately on protesters in the area. Her marriage was due after Eid which is now impossible given her health condition,” said Nazir Ahmad brother of injured lady.

Another patient Sajjad Ahmad son of Gulam Mohammad from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district who sustained bullet injury in the abdomen said he had gone to see his sister in Shopian on the fateful day.

“I was not pelting stones but had gone to see my sister who is married in Shopian. I work as sales executive for a private firm. I fell unconscious and later found myself at SMHS hospital with bullet injury,” said Sajjad Ahmad.

A senior medico at Shopian district hospital wishing anonymity said that the sanatorium which caters to around two dozen villages lacks requisite paraphernalia.

On being asked as to why pellet and bullet injured are being shifted to Srinagar, he said “The hospital lacks requisite paraphernalia essential for treating pellet and bullet injury. Besides lack of ambulances play spoilsport”

He said such incidents do happen in Shopian day in and day off. However, the authorities despite being well aware of the fragile situation take no steps in this direction.

News Updated at : Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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