900 Wounded During 2010 Kashmir Unrest: Govt

Srinagar, Dec 19 (Ajaz Ali): Nearly 900 people were wounded in the police and paramilitary action in the valley districts during the summer unrest of 2010, the director of Health Services has said in response to a plea under the Right to Information Act filed by Javaid Ahmad Tak, chairman of a non-governmental organization, Humanity Welfare Helpline.

The list furnished by the department relates to those treated at the district and sub district hospitals in Baramulla, Anantnag, Kupwara, Bandipore, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam and Ganderbal. It does not include those of the injured who were treated at the city hospitals associated with Government Medical College or at the SK Institute of Medical Sciences as these do not fall under the Health Services directorate. In many cases, patients had been referred to them directly.

The information provided by the DHS vide its letter No DHS/RTI-14/128 said the highest number of injured was from Pulwama district with 335 persons, followed by Budgam and Shopian with 108 each. The injured in Baramulla were 74, Kulgam 57, Bandipore 45, Anantnag 67 and Kupwara 55.

Of those treated in Kupwara district, 15 were referred to Srinagar hospitals for treatment, the RTI reply said. Separate lists have been furnished by various sub district hospitals across the valley. The data furnished by the department includes name, parentage, residence, nature of injury, place where treated and details if the patient had been referred to any Srinagar hospital.

According to unconfirmed reports, around 300 persons injured in the police and CRPF action across the city had been treated at various city hospitals, including the SKIMS, SMHS, Bone and Joint Hospital, a KNS report said.

It may be recalled that at least 120 protesters, mostly teenagers, were killed in firing and tear smoke shelling by the police and paramilitary troopers during the 2010 unrest sparked off by the killing of Saidakadal student, Tufail Ahmad Matoo, near Gani Memorial stadium. According to their families and the chairman of a local human rights group, Peoples Rights Movement, Abdul Qadeer Dar, the police have not registered even the FIRs in these killings so far.

Instead, reports said, hundreds of protesters had been arrested in police raids in the wake of the unrest. Many of them were detained under the Public Safety Act, they said, adding some of them had even been set free after the courts quashed their detentions.

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