Handwara Killings: Lady Critical, ‘Can’t be Operated Upon’; Boy in OT

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Riyaz Ul Khaliq

SRINAGAR

The Handwara woman who was hit by a bullet in her head is critical, doctors said late Tuesday night.

Raja Begum of Langate was working in her fields when she was hit by a bullet.

Forces resorted to firing after protests erupted in North Kashmir’s Handwara town following alleged molestation bid by an army man.

In the ensuing clashes, two youth were shot dead by forces. Three others were injured. A woman was hit by a bullet and was rushed to Srinagar for advanced treatment. Earlier, there were reports that she had died.

“The lady, identified as Raja, was hit by a bullet in her head,” a doctor attending on her in emergency room of SKIMS on bed 8. “She is unconscious and we can’t operate upon her.”

The doctor said that the lady is under continuous observation.

Meanwhile, another boy hit in his chest by a bullet is battling for his life in SKIMS here, doctors told Kashmir Life.

Another youth, identified as Rayees Ahmad, has been hit in his chest and is in emergency OT of SKIMS. “The bullet has pierced his chest,” the doctor said, “he is being operated upon this time.”

Brother-in-law of Rayees, Ab Hamid, told Kashmir Life, “Rayees was admitted in OT around 8:45 PM and he is being operated upon since then.” “We have already given eight pints of blood.”

Meanwhile, doctors have done post mortem on the two dead bodies of slain Mohammad Iqbal and Nayeem Qadir. “We sent a team of doctors to Police Station Handwara where post mortem was done,” MS Sub-District Hospital, Dr Rouf,  Handwara told Kashmir Life.

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