#Day 26: Kulgam Situation Grave, At Least 100 Injured In Clashes



Serious situation was reported from Kulgam where a huge procession was intervened by cops on way to Damhal Hanjipora triggering a massive clash.

An unknown number of people are reported injured but all indications suggest that the numbers could be well above 100.

Sources in the district hospital Kulgam said that it has received around 25 people with different types of injuries.

After the clashes, reports said the people skipped driving their injured to the district hospital after a strong rumour that police might raid and make arrests. This has led people to take injured to various public health centres located in the periphery of Kulgam.

“We have received 65 injured people so far,” one doctor almost in a breaking-down tone said from Mohammadpora PHC. “They have bullets, pellets and shell injuries.”

The doctors said that it includes a number of people who can go home with the first aid “but there are a few who have pretty serious injuries”.

The doctor said that while the PHC is not equipped enough to treat the trauma patients, they are doing “whatever is possible”.

The doctor said they have two people with bullets in neck and chest.

Besides, there is one patient each having a serious shell injury on their nose, chest and neck, respectively.

“We have four patients with pellets in their eyes,” the doctor said. So far, this PHC alone has shifted seven injured to Srinagar.

The noise in the hospital was so frantic that the doctor could not offer any more details. “It is time to work,” the doctor said.

Reports from the belt suggest that the situation is grave.

Most of the top officials in the district are not responding to the telephone calls, apparently because they are busy salvaging the situation.

The huge procession had emanated from various peripheral belts of Kulgam on the call by Hurriyat Conference.

Authorities had already imposed strict curfew restrictions on the remote town and prevented the procession from marching towards Damhal.

The procession comprising an unknown number of cars and bikes was stopped near Bumai between Kulgam and Damhal which led to the clashes.

“There is no report of any death so far,” a local reporter said on phone. “I am on the road watching the injured being driven down the spot of the clashes.”

Most of the belt that had sent its members in the rally is waiting on the road for their return. There are reports of almost a dozen bikes having been destroyed during the clashes details of which are yet not clear.

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