KD NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, July 15: With three fresh surgeries today, the number of injured people who have been operated upon for the eye injuries at SMHS has reached to 113 in last six days.
According to Dr Kaiser Ahmad Principal Government Medical College Srinagar (GMC), the SMHS hospital received 11 injured people today including seven who had sustained pellet injuries and 4 who received bullet injuries in different incidents across Kashmir.
“The seven pellet gun injured included three who were operated upon for the severe eye injuries. With these three fresh surgeries the total number of eye surgeries conducted at SMHS on injured people since 9th of July 2016 has reached to 113,” the Principal GMC Srinagar informed.
Pellet guns have been regularly used to quell protests in Kashmir since 2010, when the state police introduced them as “non-lethal weapon.” Their use has increased over the years. There has been an unprecedented use of these non lethal weapons as per the data on injured persons are available with the hospital authorities.
Sources in the SMHS said that out of 11 injured who were admitted to the hospital today included 7 injured with pellets and four who had received bullet injuries. “Four injured people were brought from Sopore while as three injured were referred from Shopian and rest of the four were from Padshahi Bagh,” sources said.
Despite providing the requisite treatment to the injured doctors at SMHS fear that around 90 percent of the pellet injured operated upon in the eyes may not regain their eye sight.
On October 30, 2013 the High Court had dismissed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking ban on the use of pepper gas and pellet guns during protests in the Kashmir Valley.
According to the doctors at JVC hospital around 60 injured patients with eye injuries were admitted in the hospital on Wednesday.
While the central government on Wednesday rushed a team of eye specialists to valley given the gravity of situation and violence across the valley, the cry for the ban on the usage of pellets is growing louder. Apart from rendering a large number of injured persons sightless, scores have died of severe pellet injuries in valley.
A division bench of the High Court comprising of the then Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice A M Magrey had dismissed the Litigation and all connected Civil Miscellaneous Petitions (CMPs), directing the counsel for the petitioners to remain careful in future.
2015 Kashmir Despatch