More than 12,000 persons injured in forces’ action have been admitted in Kashmir hospitals in the past 90 days of anti-India uprising, official figures have revealed. While pellets fired by forces from shotguns have caused maximum number of injuries, districts in South Kashmir have borne the maximum brunt with highest number of injuries.
Hospital records consolidated by Greater Kashmir have thrown up startling figures of huge number of injuries in forces’ action during the raging anti-India protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
While most of the injuries have taken place in rural Kashmir, resultantly, 8663 injured were admitted in peripheral hospitals like sub-district and district hospitals, outside Srinagar. In tertiary-care health sector, Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital has been the nodal point for treatment delivery where 2465 injured were admitted during this period.
Among Kashmir districts, Pulwama health facilities received the maximum number of injured (1499), followed by Anantnag hospitals (1374) and then Kulgam hospitals (1333), in the past 90 days.
Figures have revealed that 7136 people injured with pellets have been admitted in various hospitals. Of these, over 1000 were injured in eye(s), impairing their vision to varying degrees and even resulting in total loss of vision in some cases. Besides, 914 people with pellet injuries to various parts of body (other than eyes) had been admitted in SMHS hospital in three months. Many of the injured had pellets perforating their vital organs such as brain, lungs, heart, liver, intestines and kidneys.
At least 13 people have also lost their lives to injuries caused by pellets, as per known/recorded cause of their death, while 374 people hit by bullets have been admitted in hospitals in the past three months. While 121 of these were managed at the district hospital level, 239 had been referred to Srinagar hospitals for specialized treatment.
Of the bullet-hit admitted at Srinagar hospitals, 90 had injuries in limbs resulting in fractures and were admitted at Bone and Joints Hospital. The remaining 163 had injuries in parts of body other than limbs.
As per the records, 86 bullet-hit civilians were admitted at SMHS Hospital and 43 at SKIMS Soura during the period. Many of these had grave, life-threatening injuries requiring ventilator support and critical care, officials said.
Kulgam district hospitals had received maximum number of bullet injuries (117) in the past 90 days, followed by Anantnag hospitals (78). While 50 people have been recorded at district level hospitals as losing their life to injuries, 16 people injured by firearms have lost battle for life at SKIMS Soura. At SMHS hospital, 12 injured lost their lives while four were brought dead to the health facility.
A huge number of people have also been injured by shells and alleged assaults by forces. While peripheral hospitals have recorded 2494 people being injured due to ‘other means’, 534 such injuries have been managed at SMHS Hospital alone. Of those injured by ‘other means’, 109 admitted at SMHS Hospital had been treated for injuries caused by teargas and other shells used by forces on protestors.
On day 90 of the uprising, while most of the injured had been discharged from hospitals, at SMHS Hospital 61 people injured in eyes by pellets were still admitted. The long course of treatment of eye injuries requires the victims to make multiple visits to the specialized healthcare facility for multiple surgeries. Most had visual impairment of some degree. Many other victims, with bullet and pellet injuries to limbs, head and spine were facing lifelong disability.
Doctors said that psychiatric issues were also cropping up in victims of firearm injuries