At least 142 persons were admitted to SK Institute of Medical Sciences here since July 9 and of these 47 were hit with bullets and 27 by pellets, official sources said on Saturday. According to SKIMS medicos, most of these patients were hit above the waist-line. Of these 142 injured admitted to the tertiary-care hospital, four later succumbed, they said.
The medicos said using live ammunition on protesters above their waist-line "indicates that those who hit them wanted to kill them." He said bullets as well as pellets have been hit in vital organs of most of the patients, again indicating that their "intent was to kill."
Medicos said given the nature of injuries caused by pellets, it automatically turns out that these are "not non-lethal weapons." The clamour for banning use of pellet guns is already growing across Kashmir.
When contacted, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS, Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan said the rush of patients in SKIMS is not as much as other hospitals. "But we have received 142 injured so far, of which 47 were hit by pellets and 27 with bullets," he admitted. He said there are 18 injured presently admitted at SKIMS.