Srinagar: At least ninety persons sustained fire arm injuries, sixty of them from pellets, after they clashed with the government forces in South Kashmir’s Kulgam and Shopian districts
One of the injured includes, Yawar Ahmad, who received bullet in his abdomen at Kulgam and is reported to be in critical condition.
In Kulgam clashes erupted after youth tried to break the cordon laid down by the forces to save the trapped militants after the pre-dawn Ramzan meals were over.
Thousands of people thronged the gunfight site at Mohamadpura, Kulgam and clashed with government forces.
In the meanwhile, people took to streets and clashed with government forces following which the police and paramilitary forces resorted to teargas shelling, pellets and live ammunition in which 60 persons suffered injuries.
Seven of them sustained serious wounds.
Forces comprising of Army, CRPF and Police blasted the house, where the militants were hiding, and left the spot.
Soon after the forces left the spot, the protesters dug out two militants alive from the rubble.
The injured protesters were shifted to health center Mahmoodpora and eight of them were taken to district hospital Kulgam for treatment.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Kulgam, Dr Fazil Kochak said that 60 injured persons were received at health centre Mohammedpora and conditions of 51 of them was stable and are being treated at the health facility itself.
Nine other injured person, he said, have been shifted to district hospital Kulgam.
The nine injured have been identified as Nadeem Ahmad (pellet injury in left eye), Nawaz Ahmad (pellet injury in right eye), Adnan (pellet injury in left eye), Yawar Ahmad (bullet injury in abdomen), Mohsin Ahmad (pellet injury on body), Basit Ahmad (pellet injury on both arms), Aqib Nazir (pellet injury in left eye), Mudasir Bhat (Pellet injury in left eye) and Tawseef Ahmad (pellet injury in right eye).
He said that seven among the nine youth have been referred to SMHS Srinagar for advanced treatment. Those referred include Nadeem, Nawaz, Adnan, Aqib, Mudasir, Tawseef and Yawar. Two others namely Mohsin and Basit are being treated in the hospital.
In the evening, twenty eight civilians suffered when they clashes erupted between government forces in Pinjoora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Reports said as the gunfight ensued following a cordon and search operation in the village, local youths hit streets and pelted government forces with stones.
The government forces fired pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse the violent protesters.
They said that more than two dozen protesters suffered injuries in the clashes.
According to doctors at district hospital Shopian 28 persons with pellet injuries were received at the hospital among whom three were referred to SMHS in Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Medical Superintendent SMHS, Dr Nazir said that they have received 11 patients from Shopian and Kulgam.
“Yawar from Kulgam has received a bullet injury. He is in critical condition,” Nazir said.
“10 people have received eye injuries which include seven from Kulgam and three from Shopian”.
He said that the patients were being treated in the hospital.