When 28 civilians were killed, 700 injured in first 2 days in 2016 uprising

Twenty-eight people were killed and about 700 injured by government forces during the first two days of the uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year, an official report said.
When 28 civilians were killed, 700 injured in first 2 days in 2016 uprising
Forces patrolling a road in Tral during restrictions on the first anniversary of Hizb commander Burhan Wani PHOTO: Kamran Yousuf/GK

Twenty-eight people were killed and about 700 injured by government forces during the first two days of the uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year, an official report said.

A total of 97 civilians and two policemen were killed and about 15000 injured during the protests spanning about six months. 

The report prepared in November last year said the highest number of casualties occurred in Anantnag district followed by the neighbouring Kulgam district.

 "On July 9 and 10 the government failed to control the situation, especially in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian. On the first day, 19 civilians were killed in action by police, paramilitary forces and army," the report said. Of the 19, 13 were killed in Anantnag and six in Kulgam.

On July 10, nine civilians were killed— five in Pulwama, two in Kulgam and one each in Shopian and Srinagar districts. Four civilians who were injured on July 10 succumbed to their injuries later in various hospitals of Srinagar.   

The report says that over 700 people were also injured in two days. However, rights groups and non -governmental organisations put the number of the injured at above 1700, most of them with firearm injuries.

The reports said that during the first five days after the killing of Burhan as many as 280 surgeries were performed on the injured in various hospitals of Srinagar, which received 1640 injured civilians during this period. 

On July 9, more than 70 persons were admitted for bullet and pellet injuries to the SMHS Hospital, more than 40 were brought for treatment to the SKIMS Soura and 36 were treated at the district hospital Baramulla. 

It adds that over 200 injured protesters were admitted to various district and sub-district hospitals of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and about 40 injured were admitted to Pampore hospitals. 

A senior police official who was among those who prepared the report said, "It needs to be seen as to what went wrong. If there were not so many casualties the situation would not have gone out of hand."

Kashmir remained under curfew for 53 consecutive days, which was lifted from all areas on 31 August but reimposed the next day when protests did not relent.

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