As pellets rain on protestors, SMHS ward packed with pellet-hit

At least 10 youth, soaked in blood, some of them withering in chronic pain, Tuesday occupied beds at ophthalmology ward in Srinagar’s SMHS hospital after they were hit by pellets during clashes near gunfight site at Kundalan village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Angry scenes returned to hospital’s trauma theater as the pellet-hit youth were brought for treatment.
Among them Muzaffar, 19, a final year student of Shopian is withering in pain at the emergency ward.
He has received multiple pellets on left eye, face, shoulder and chest.
His both eyes have swelled and he is not able to breathe.
“They were sitting by a roadside when the government forces came, fired bullets as well as pellets, and targeted whosoever came their way,” Muzaffar’s family members said.
Umar Rashid of Kulgam is another pellet victim hit during clashes.
A labour, Umar has been hit by pellets in the left eye and head.
“We live 2 km from Kundalan village and today morning, youth gathered in the locality and Umar too joined them and headed with them toward the gunfight site,” Umar’s uncle said.
Over 22 years ago, Umar’s father, a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was killed at Tantraypora area of Shopian.
Since then, the family has been suffering.
“I, with the help of other relatives raised Umar and his two siblings and provided them education but it is unfortunate that he has been hit in the eye,” disgruntled Umar’s uncle told Rising Kashmir.
Another fresh pellet victim is Ashiq Itoo, 26, of Shopian.
He was hit by pellets in the left eye.
“Ashiq is married and has a child and knew not that venturing outside his home would land him in the hospital,” his family members said.
Besides the pellet injured, a 15-year-old youth, Ishfaq Ahmad, of Shopian, who said he had been physically assaulted by the government forces is also among those admitted at the hospital.
Another injured is Akeel Ahmad, who has been hit by pellets on the left eye and left arm.
Doctors at SMHS hospital said at least 11 youth including three teenagers were admitted in the hospital, among them 10 had received pellets.
“All have been hit in one eye only and on body parts. They are being treated for injuries. We can’t yet share the severity of the damage caused by pellets and many are still in trauma theater,” a doctor at the facility said.
Four youth hit by bullets during clashes in Shopian have also been admitted at Bone and Joints Hospital Barzulla for specialised treatment.
“Among the four, three have bullet injury on legs but luckily none of them has fracture and they are being treated and are stable,” hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr A R Badoo said.
The families of the injured youth also alleged that there were no facilities in south Kashmir hospitals adding that the trauma patients were being referred to Srinagar hospita