51 died, 9042 wounded in 8 month-long Kashmir unrest

Bivek Mathur. Updated: 1/13/2018 2:13:09 AM Front Page

JAMMU: The Kashmir unrest of 2016 which affected the Valley most in recent past after 2014 floods left 9042 people wounded, 368 by bullets, 6221 by pellet guns, 4 by PAVA shells during the eight-month long period between July 8, 2016 and February 27, 2017, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who is also in-charge of the Home Department, told the Legislative Assembly today.
She said that 2449 people received other forms of injuries. Mehbooba said this in reply to a starred question of National Conference MLA, Mubarak Gull.
The Chief Minister told the LA that 782 people received injuries in their eyes. Of them, 510 were referred for better treatment to reputed health institutions while 272 were treated at the district hospitals.
Total 1538 wounded people were referred in between July 2017 and February 2017, the Chief Minister said quoting the figures of Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir.
According to the Minister in-charge Home, 124 people wounded by bullets, 5197 by pellet guns, all 4 people by PAVA shells and 2161 who received other kind of injuries were treated at district hospitals.
In the eight month period, as per the government reply, 51 people died, highest 16 from Anantnag, followed by 13 from Kulgam, 7 from Pulwama, 5 from Kupwara, 4 from Budgam, 3 from Baramulla, 2 from Shopian, and 1 person from Bandipore.
The Chief Minister however told the LA that the details with regard to total persons injured by pellets are being compiled in consultation with Health and Medical Education Department.
According to the government reply, 525 persons were detained under PSA during the year 2016 and all of them have been released. Similarly, in the year 2017, 201 persons were detained under PSA, out of which 124 have been released and 77 are still under preventive detention.
The government refused to share the details of the detenues in view of the security reasons.

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