Two civilians, one hit by a bullet and another by a teargas shell in clashes during a gunfight at Khudwani in south Kashmir, are battling for life at SMHS and SKIMS hospitals.
The condition of both is stated to be critical after they received severe injuries.
Abdul Salaam Bhat, an embroidery artist, received a bullet in the neck that pierced through his right shoulder when Army fired at civilians near the gunfight site.
A resident of Hawoora village of Kulgam, 50-year-old Bhat was treated at emergency trauma theater at SMHS hospital and taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where his condition is stated to be critical.
As Bhat was being treated, his wife Muneera Bano screamed outside the trauma theater of the hospital where women of her neighbourhood tried to console her amid sobs.
“Who fired at you, O my dear, you are my only hope,” an inconsolable Bano said. “He told me that he will go out to see what was happening.”
Muneera’s neighbour, Shaheena said, “Army fired at him when people were on way to see the injured in the locality, around 2 kilometres from Khudwani.”
A doctor at the trauma theater said Bhat had suffered excessive blood loss.
“He is critical, his heart vein seems damaged, the blood has gone inside his chest and we used the chest tube to take it out,” he said.
Recounting the ordeal, Bhat’s nephew, Zahoor Ahmad told Rising Kashmir that he was at home when he heard bullet shots.
“I rushed to the spot and saw his clothes soaked in blood,” Zahoor said. “I asked another local for help and we took him on a motorcycle for half a kilometre during which he suffered blood loss.”
Bhat has no child of his own and the couple has adopted an eight-year-old girl.
Zahoor said Bhat’s wife would prepare the embroidery yarn for the husband and the couple worked shoulder-to-shoulder to earn livelihood.
Another youth, Adil Ahmad of Anantnag, who was hit by a teargas shell during clashes is critical at SKIMS, Soura.
“Hit by the tear smoke canister, he received head injury and is critical,” a doctor at SKIMS said. “He is being operated.”
At least five other youth hit by bullets have been admitted at SMHS hospital.
Yasir Abdullah of Frisal, a 9th standard student was hit by a bullet in his stomach.
He is stated to be out of danger.
“Yesterday, he went to his cousin’s home at Khudwani village but was hit by a bullet when government forces targeted civilians during the gunfight,” Yasir’s uncle, Muhammad Ishaq said.
Yasir’s relatives said doctors at the Government Hospital Bijbehara failed to stop the flow of blood of Yasir.
According to doctors, at least nine youth hit by pellets and bullets were admitted at SMHS hospital and are undergoing treatment.
“Of the nine, four have bullet injury and five have been hit by pellets,” a doctor said.
An ophthalmologist at SMHS said they had operated two patients who had been hit by pellets.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Jan told Rising Kashmir that till Wednesday evening, the hospital received five patients including one in a critical condition.
“Adil of Anantnag is critical, two youth have been hit by stones while another by a tear smoke shell,” he said.
Station House Officer (SHO) Baramulla, Khalid Ahmad, who suffered head injury after he was hit by a stone in Baramulla during clashes, is also being treated at SKIMS.
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