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“4,000 security men injured in 3 months of Kashmir violence”

Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: Nearly 4,000 police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel and 504 civilians were injured in the violent clashes in the Kashmir Valley in the past three months.

This was stated by the police in response to reports in a section of media that clashes has left 2000 people injured.

A police spokesman said the 504 civilians suffered injuries when security forces were engaged in controlling scores of law and order situations. Of them, 156 were injured in Srinagar alone. In Kulgam district, four sustained injuries.

Srinagar on top

At the same time, "in the hundreds of violent incidents of stone-pelting and arson resorted to by miscreants, 2660 police personnel suffered injuries, both grievous and other." Again, Srinagar district topped with injuries to policemen (640). It was followed by Baramulla (503) and Handwara (42).

Similarly, 1351 CRPF personnel suffered serious and other injuries. "Besides, one policeman lost his life in mob violence. One SHO Pattan Fayaz Ahmed was injured when militants fired at a mob," the spokesman said.

During this period, 78 pieces of built up property, comprising 44 offices of various departments, 29 police stations, and five police posts were set ablaze. "Mobs set on fire and damaged 31 government vehicles, including 22 police vehicles. Not only this, 23 houses of policemen were torched or damaged, and nine private vehicles of policemen set ablaze.

599 people injured

However, in the S.K. Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) alone, 599 people were reported injured in the last three months. It is the biggest tertiary hospital in Srinagar. Sources in the hospital said 599 people, who received firearms injury, were admitted to the hospital. Of them, 23 died of their injuries. The hospital is still treating 31people.

One lakh treated

Despite curfew and strikes, the hospital has treated nearly one lakh patients. "We certainly faced difficulties but our staff braved them even at the risk of their life," SKIMS director Abdul Hamid Zargar said. During this period, 3080 surgeries were conducted and 5682 underwent CT scan and MRI tests. A number of doctors faced humiliation at the hands of security forces while reaching the hospital. Some were caught in stone pelting incidents.

Figures show that 46 ambulances, including those of Sri Mahraja Hari Singh Hospital, Bone and Joint Hospital and Directorate of Health Service were damaged in stone-pelting.


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