38 dead, 3000 injured; 134 suffer eye injuries

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Mohammed Musa

As one more youth succumbed in a hospital and body of another person was fished out from river today, the death toll in the violence since July 10 has gone upto 38 and over 2000 others, half of them security personnel, were injured in the Kashmir valley, where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and other mainstream parties have appealed for peace.

However, the local media put the death toll to 40 while the government says 31 civilians have lost their lives. Separatists, strongly condemning killing of civilians in security force firing have appealed to youths not to attack police station and camps and organize peaceful protests against alleged atrocities.     Official sources said that a youth Irfan Ahmad Dar, a resident of Kulgam, who was admitted in S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), succumbed today.

Body of a youth Zahoor Ahmad who was missing after security forces allegedly chased him in Pulwama was fished out from river Jhelum today. Violence erupted across the Kashmir valley after the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter with security forces on July 9 evening in Kokernag area in Anantnag district. The dead included a Special Police Officer (SPO) and a girl.

About 2000 persons, half of them security personnel were injured in the clashes across the valley, particularly in south Kashmir, where dozens of weapons were also looted by demonstrators after attacking police stations and police post. A senior CRPF officer said about 1000 personnel of the force were injured in the clashes.

Meanwhile, about 100 youths, mostly teenagers, received pellet wounds. Doctors in the hospitals are struggling to save the eyesight of youths hit by pellets. A group of specialist doctors from AIIMS today examined patients who had suffered injuries due to pellets in the eyes. The doctors said that majority of the youths have suffered extensive damage in the eyes. Let us see what can be done and in case of necessary patients will be taken to AIIMS or some more experts will be brought here, they said.

Mehbooba and her other cabinet colleagues have appealed people to help to restore normalcy in the valley. Meanwhile, an official spokesman referring to media reports this evening intimated that the Government has been regularly reviewing the arrangements, particularly for the treatment of the Civilians injured during the law and order disturbances in Kashmir valley.

He added that the required facilities including the availability of medical specialists, para medical staff and medicines have been ensured in all the hospitals, to facilitate timely and free treatment to all the patients.  He allayed the apprehensions in certain quarters in regard to inadequacy of health care services for the injured during the ongoing law and order disturbances.

Spokesman said that as per the confirmation received from various agencies, so far 31 civilians have lost their precious lives, during the law & order disturbances in the past few days. He further informed that 1640 persons have been treated for injuries in various Government hospitals. At present, only 198 patients are currently admitted in the hospitals and the remaining have either been discharged from hospital or treated for minor injuries in OPD.

He further said that 134 persons have reported with eye injuries and a large number of them have been discharged after specialized treatment. Currently 46 such patients are admitted in SMHS Hospital and have undergone eye surgeries.

Further, so far a total of 276 surgeries have been performed in various hospitals across the Valley during the last 5-6 days. Further the hospital authorities have also been directed to provide free food to the accompanying attendants as well. He further informed that while tackling the unruly crowds, over 1500 security personnel have received injuries and have been provided treatment.

Meanwhile, a whopping 134 youth have received eye injuries while over 3000 people, half of them security force personnel, have been wounded in the last five days since protests broke out following the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander on Friday evening.

A state government spokesperson said that the required facilities including the availability of medical specialists, para medical staff and medicines have been ensured in all the hospitals, to facilitate timely and free treatment to all the patients.

Even though the government has put toll at 31, as many as 38 people, including a policeman, have lost their lives in the unrest in Kashmir, where life remained crippled for the sixth consecutive day today due to strike and curfew restrictions. However, the local media is putting the number of people killed in the clashes at 40.

The Spokesman said that as per the confirmation received from various agencies, so far 31 civilians have lost their precious lives, during the law & order disturbances in the past few days.

He further informed that 1640 persons have been treated for injuries in various Government hospitals. At present, he said only 198 patients are currently admitted in the hospitals and the remaining have either been discharged from hospital or treated for minor injuries in OPD.

He further said that 134 persons have reported with eye injuries and a large number of them have been discharged after specialized treatment. Currently 46 such patients are admitted in SMHS Hospital and have undergone eye surgeries.

Further, so far a total of 276 surgeries have been performed in various hospitals across the Valley during the last 5-6 days. Further the hospital authorities have also been directed to provide free food to the accompanying attendants as well.

He further informed that while tackling the unruly crowds, over 1500 security personnel have received injuries and have been provided treatment. He intimated that the government has been regularly reviewing the arrangements, particularly for the treatment of the Civilians injured during the law and order disturbances in Kashmir valley. He allayed the apprehensions in certain quarters in regard to inadequacy of health care services for the injured during the ongoing law and order disturbances.

 

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