Pellet injury in eye

Trade bodies on Sunday said they would meet the expenses for the treatment of all persons having pellet injuries in their eyes.
Pellet injury in eye
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Trade bodies on Sunday said they would meet the expenses for the treatment of all persons having pellet injuries in their eyes.

Addressing joint press conference here, Kashmir Economic Alliance acting chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar, Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation acting president Bashir Ahmad and Sadiq Baqal said all injured are "children of Kashmir and trade bodies will do everything possible for recovery of their eyesight."

"Our hearts are tore apart by seeing our youth and children being made victims of lethal pellets. We will not leave them in the lurch. We have unanimously decided to meet the expenditure of their treatment," they said.

They added that they would also send patients to outside state for advance treatment as and when required.

"The use of pellet has proved lethal as it has claimed three lives till date during the ongoing unrest in valley. The pellet has also damaged the eyes of youth and children and in some cases the damage may be irrevocable," they said.

They said they have been meeting the patients in hospitals. "It is painful to see that children aged five and eight have been made the target. Were these minors also pelting stones."

 "There are around 180 cases of eye injuries due to pellets. The victims include men, women and children," they said.

They alleged that it is under a "well planned conspiracy that youth and children of Kashmir are being targeted, killed and disabled besides being blinded. It is Israeli policy being adopted by state and central governments against people of Kashmir."

They condemned the use of force on peaceful protestors and added: "Even the ambulances ferrying injured persons were also damaged. Attendants and ambulance drivers were harassed by the forces."

"We have received lot of complaints that forces are harassing attendants at SMHS hospital and female attendants are no exception to their persecution. We warn the authorities to take immediate measure to stop this harassment," they added.

They said that Kashmir is the political issue and needs political solution.

"Some persons have yesterday met Rajnath Singh and they were presented before him as traders. We want to make it clear that no trader met him. These persons may be some vested interests or party workers of Indian political parties," they said.

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