Pellet victims avoid treatment in IOK to evade arrests

Srinagar, November 15, 2015 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, a number of youth hit by pellets during protests in the territory avoid treatment in Valley hospitals to evade arrests and persecution by police, medicos said. Doctors at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and SMHS Hospital said they treat only a few victims of pellet guns because most of the victims go for treatment elsewhere, mostly outside the Valley, to evade arrests by police and the subsequent persecution.

“On a single day when protests and clashes take place, we receive two youth with grave injuries in eyes inflicted by the pellet guns,” said a doctor at SMHS Hospital. He added many such victims just visit the hospital for advice and first-aid and then go for advanced treatment outside the territory. A boy, 16, from Nawakadal here was operated upon at SMHS Hospital after pellets perforated his abdomen. His hospital file reads that pellets pierced his wall of gut, jejunum, transverse colon and descending colon. He had three pellets in jejunum, it read.

Medicos said this year about 40 people have been treated at SMHS Hospital for pellet injuries in eyes. “These people will never get their normal vision back. In many cases, pellets will cause permanent blindness,” Dr. Qureshi said. A senior doctor at Sour IMS said pellet injuries are quite serious as pellet gun fires about 500 small but sharp, high-velocity spheres that can cause grievous injury especially if these hit delicate and vital organs.” He said it is commonly seen by medicos that people are mostly hit by pellets in faces.

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