At Srinagar hospital, many injured by pellets, bullets: Had no role in protests

Officials at SMHS told The Sunday Express that 14 injured people had come to the hospital until late afternoon.

Written by UBEER NAQUSHBANDI | Srinagar | Published: May 28, 2017 5:11 am
kashmir, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, kashmir unrest, kashmir militants, militants attack kashmir, jammu and kashmir, kashmir news, india news The injured at Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital on Saturday. (Source: Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

SEVERAL INJURED people from south Kashmir brought to Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital on Saturday claimed that they were caught in pellet firing or teargas shells even though they were not part of the protests following the killing of militant leader Sabzar Ahmad Bhat. Security forces maintained that many of those injured today were marching towards the encounter site in Saimoh, a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Having undergone a surgery on his left eye at the hospital, Ghulam Hassan Shiekh nursed his thoughts on how to break the news of his injury to family members. Sheikh, 60, works as a cobbler in the main square of Shopian town, and was hit by pellets all over his body, throat, abdomen, and left eye. “My family doesn’t know about it (his injury). I was winding up business around 1.30 pm after I felt tension in the area. I had taken permission from police and CRPF personnel deployed at the main chowk. I urged them to let me close my business, when suddenly a stone was thrown from somewhere… I don’t know where… and I was hit with pellets,” he said.

Officials at SMHS told The Sunday Express that 14 injured people had come to the hospital until late afternoon. Of them, six were hit by pellets, five had firearm injuries, and the remaining three had teargas shell injuries. For a polytechnic student (he refused to give his name) from Tral’s Dadasara, the native village of militant Sabzar, it was a “rebirth”. The bullet had pierced his groin, say medical reports. “We — a group of five boys — were marching towards Saimoh when the SOG suddenly opened fire at us. I just remember an SOG man pointing his gun towards me… and then I fell unconscious,” the youth said in pain.

The SOG, or Special Operations Group, is the anti-militancy force of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. At SMHS’s emergency ward, final-year college student Sahir Mushtaq’s mother and three relatives, who had just arrived from Saimoh, the same village where Sabzar and his associate was killed in the encounter, said the youth missed death “by a whisker”. Medical records say a bullet had pierced Mushtaq’s left earlobe.

“I thought I was dead the moment I realised I was bleeding,” Mushtaq said. “Along with a few friends I had gone near the place after the encounter ended around 3 pm. I saw three charred houses. We were mentally preparing ourselves for a funeral of the militants… suddenly there was firing from all sides. It was raining bullets.”

Outside the hospital’s ICU, a sullen-looking girl said she is the sister of Sameer Ahmad Bhat, a Class XII student hit by a teargas canister on the left side of the head. His neighbour Ashiq Hussain, who accompanied the family to the hospital, said Bhat’s father, Bashir Ahmad, is a carpenter, and claimed the teen had no role in the protests. Sources in the hospital said his condition is “critical”.

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    Sanjay Mulkikar
    Jun 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    Yes dear you are right. Pellets have tendency to go round the corner, up and down and find and hit an innocent bystander.....why do you peddle lies....Remember even until your grave Kashmir will remain with India. Possibly you may soon see dramatic change in narration of Kashmir problem.
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      Mudit Dalela
      May 28, 2017 at 11:47 pm
      Sad but part of war....bullets don't know the name or fate of the's just directed just like the stone coming from pelters from any direction.... good job Indian army keep the coffins ready for these extremists!!
      1. G
        May 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm
        What were they doing on road .. when curfew hs been imposed from last night .. It clearly indicates tht they wer the part of stone pellters .. on whom the Army has all the right to execute fire
        1. D
          May 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm
          Sympathisers for these anti nationals of J&K don't comment plz go by yourself and stay for a few days in J&K then u can see the reality. Either u change ur opinion or u will killed by a stone
          1. L
            May 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm
            Army must use force or weapons selectively, if not it will give raise to hatred & anger, definitely it is not in favour of India. We need to behave like civilized society, target only the mischiefs not the general public.
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