60 persons admitted with ‘grievous eye-injuries’; 1 youth loses eyesight
As bullet-hit youth Junaid Ahmad sees the number of injured pouring at SMHS hospital here from different parts of Kashmir, he sighs, and says: “My pain is nothing in comparison to collective sufferings of Kashmiris.”
Ahmad is in severe pain at Ward No 16 of the hospital after being admitted here with bullet injuries on Saturday.
“I tried to rescue some women who were being hit and dragged by forces in my Kulgam area,” he said, adding: “While I was doing so, the forces targeted me and hit me with bullets. I can’t recall what happened thereafter and how I reached here.”
Ahmad, a shopkeeper in a Kulgam locality, said the policemen and other forces started “ruthlessly beating” civilians following protests over death of Burhan Wani, the young Hizbul-Mujahideen commander, in the area on Saturday.
“I couldn’t watch the cops on the streets beating women. I tried to rescue them, but was dealt with bullets,” he said.
While Ahmad is being treated, scores of injured, including many bullet-hit, are writhing in pain in different wards of the SMHS hospital.
In the Ophthalmology Ward, there are only civilians who, according to doctors, have either lost their eyesight fully or partially due to firing of pellets by forces. And while medicos and staff are trying to handle the situation, they are doing the job “under fear.”
“Police in civvies are arresting attendants of injured persons from the hospital premises; they arrested two persons and we don’t know where they have been taken,” said a group of doctors at SMHS hospital.
Some doctors, who were attending to the injured, said “police intervention” has made their job difficult.
“During the previous night, police fired teargas shells inside the Emergency and Casualty wards. It was gruesome,” said a doctor. “The police action triggered complete panic among the patients, attendants and doctors.”
A senior doctor said they received more than 150 injured in the past two days and they mostly had bullet and pellet injures.
“Over 107 are still under treatment. Eight were referred to other hospitals including SKIMS and Bone and Joints hospitals,” said Medical Superintendent, SMHS, Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary.
‘60 PATIENTS HAVE EYE-INJURIES’
In Ophthalmology Ward of the SMHS hospital, 60 youth have been admitted with “grievous” eye injuries caused due to firing of pellet guns by forces in the past two days, doctors said. One of the youths has lost his eyesight due to grievous pellet injuries.
The Ophthalmology Ward has the capacity of 30 beds in its eye-care section, but more than 60 patients are admitted here with eye-injuries.
A senior medico told Greater Kashmir that one patient has lost his eyesight at the spot where he was hit with pellets “while we are attending to rest of the patients.”
“At this point we cannot say how many injured persons have lost their eyesight because we have only given them primary treatment as of now. After this, they would be treated as per their medical requirements,” he said.