Pellets continue to maim Kashmiris

The government forces have continued with the use of pellet guns during the protests over the Kathua rape and murder case.

A 22-year-old shopkeeper of South Kashmir’s Shopian district was among many who were injured on Thursday.
Omar Ahmad Shah of Shopian was to open his shop early morning before he was hit with pellets.
“There were students protesting. Suddenly forces came and targeted students. I was sitting inside my shop, they fired pellets and one pellet hit my eye that pierced the window of an auto parked in front of my shop,” he said.
Omar was fired upon at around 10 am. He was earlier taken to sub-district hospital Shopian where from he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. He has recieved one pellet in his right eye and awaits surgery at SMHS hospital’s ophthalmology ward.

He is attended by his mother Khateeja. “There was no encounter, he was not pelting stones and I want to know why he was fired upon. My son is innocent,” she said.
Another fresh victim of the lethal weapon, pellet gun is Ubaid Manzoor, of Seudo village, a ninth standard student of a nearby Government Higher Secondary School Shopian.

Ubaid, was among 14 students who were injured in Shopian district on Thursday. “We were coming out from the local coaching centre and students held a protest rally against the rape and murder of Kathua girl which was responded with pellets and tear smoke shells,” he said.

He said he along with other students went to the higher secondary school but were targeted when they were coming out to go to home. At the SMHS another student Shahid of Chadoora Budgam, who was hit by a pellet in his right eye at Pulwama Degree College (where he studies),on Wednesday during clashes, also remains admitted.
According to doctors his eye is safe but he needs medication. “Nobody speaks about the use of pellet gun. Government forces are using it on peaceful protesting students and they are targeting students deliberately,” Shahid’s uncle said.

Another shopkeeper Ishfaq Ahmad is also undergoing treatment for the pellet injury at the ophthalmology ward of the hospital.
A resident of Shernu area of Pulwama was injured on Wednesday when he was on way to home after he had closed his shop following student protests. He has received one pellet in his eye.
Meanwhile two more students including a girl were injured after protests in Chadoora area of Budgam on Thursday.
One student identified as Aasif Qayoom of Gowharpora village was injured due to tear smoke shell fired by forces in Chadoora during protests over the Kathua incident. He is a student of higher secondary school Chadoora.
“He has received injury on the nose and has been referred to SMHS hospital for treatment,” , BMO Chadoora Dr Dilheer told Rising Kashmir.
He said the girl student has also received injury on her forehead and was being treated.
A senior official of SMHS hospital told Rising Kashmir that they have received four youth including two hit by pellet on Thursday.
“One youth from Chadoora Budgam has injury on his nose. Two have
pellet injury on eyes and another has recieved pellet on face only.
All the injured are undergoing treatment at the hospital,” he said.
mansoorpeer@risingkashmir.com

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