3 hit by pellets face vision loss

The injuries, doctors said, might result in victims’ losing their vision. As per official records, two of the injured were shifted from Pulwama, where massive student protests were witnessed against the horrific rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in January this year.

Zehru Nissa
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 19 2018 12:44AM | Updated Date: Apr 19 2018 1:20AM
3 hit by pellets face vision lossGK Photo

As student protests against Kathua rape and murder intensified in the Valley, three more persons with pellet injuries to eyes were admitted to the SMHS Hospital here.

The injuries, doctors said, might result in victims’ losing their vision. As per official records, two of the injured were shifted from Pulwama, where massive student protests were witnessed against the horrific rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in January this year.

A 20-year-old youth was brought to the hospital from Chadoora with a serious eye injury.

Doctors said all three had perforations in eyes. 

“Pellets have entered their eyes resulting in internal bleeding. We will need to re-evaluate the extent of damage when the bleeding subsides. But right now, the injuries seem grave,” said a doctor at the ophthalmology ward of the hospital where the injured are being treated.

Since 1 April, when killing of 13 militants and four civilians in three gunfights in south Kashmir triggered a wave of protests, at least 52 people, the majority of them students, have received eye injuries that could result in vision loss, according to doctors.

While both state and central governments had repeatedly assured in the past that use of the pellet guns would be stopped, protesters continue to lose vision to this lethal ammunition.

Since 2016, metallic pellets fired from shotguns by government forces have blinded more than 1300 eyes. Most of those left visually impaired are teenagers.