Over 9,000 injured in forces’ action in 8 months: Govt

6,221 wounded with pellets, 368 with bullets; Highest number of injured from Shopian district

UMER MAQBOOL
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 13 2018 12:16AM | Updated Date: Jan 13 2018 12:16AM
Over 9,000 injured in forces’ action in 8 months: GovtFile Photo

At least 9,042 persons were injured in Kashmir from July 8, 2016 to February 27, 2017, the government informed the legislative assembly on Friday.

In a written reply, the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who holds the portfolio of Home department, said that 9,042 persons were wounded in Kashmir due to bullets, pellets, PAVA shells and “other causes.”

The figures, according to the reply, were based on medical records.

Kashmir witnessed massive public protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in southern Anantnag district on July 7, 2016.  The government forces used massive force to quell the uprising that continued for months together.

Among the injured, 6,221 were wounded with pellets, 368 with bullets, four by PAVA shells and 2,449 by “other causes”, the reply reads.

1434 were wounded in Anantnag, 756 in Bandipora, 1293 in Baramulla, 257 in Budgam, 137 in Ganderbal, 1400 in Kulgam, 989 in Kupwara, 1571 in Pulwama, 1002 in Shopian and 203 in Srinagar, the reply reads.

 

EYE INJURIES

As many as 782 persons suffered eye-injuries during the “turbulent” period in Kashmir, the reply states.

“510 such cases were referred to tertiary-care institutions while 272 were managed at district hospitals,” the government said.

The government also disclosed that 15 persons, including Insha Mushtaq, were permanently blinded while 39 suffered partial blindness.

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