905 youth suffered pellet injuries; 140 hit in eyes; many blinded
In the past 100 days of unrest in Kashmir, five persons were killed and over 1100 were injured in forces’ action in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, official data revealed.
As per the hospital records, those killed include Danish Rasool of Mungam Wagoora, Mehraj-U-DIn alias Danish Manzoor of Nadihal Rafiabad, Musaib Majeed Nagoo of Sonawani Wadoora, Sopore, Manzoor Ahmad Lone of Hardishiva Sopore and Waseem Ahmad Lone of Nadihal Rafiabad.
The injured include 710 persons from different areas of Sopore while 205 youths from Baramulla town and its adjacent villages. Others injured include those from Pattan, Palhallan, Kreeri and Tangmarg. Among the injured were 905 youth who had suffered pellet injuries including 140 persons hit with pellets in eyes. Some of them have completely or partially lost their eyesight.
Unlike 2008 and 2010 unrest, when Baramulla town would witness massive and violent protests, this time the protests in the town remained peaceful and no causality was reported from the town. But a large number of the women were seen participating in the pro-freedom protests this time. These protests have however come at huge cost.
Since last few weeks the police has been foiling every attempt by youth to take out protest marches and have been conducting frequent raids in old town which has been witnessing massive clashes between police and protesting youths.
People here say that the protests in the town were being led by Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists and it was their presence which ensured the peaceful protests. However, another opinion among the locals is that the topography of the town helped administration to maintain peace in the area.
"River Jhelum bisects Baramulla town and the only link between old town and uptown are the bridges. By closing all the bridges police prevented speared of the protests from old town," said Ghulam Rasool, a local resident. “The old town Baramulla is the hub of pro-freedom sentiments. That is why it was besieged most of the time during the ongoing uprising.”
The uprising also saw massive protests in areas like Choor, Bangdara and Nowporawagoora of Sangrama constituency. The residents of these areas have been accusing police of ransacking residential houses and damaging vehicles in the area.