Youth Loses Eyesight, Another Injured in Sheeri Baramulla Protests

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Sameer Yasir

Two people were injured in Sheeri area of Baramulla on Tuesday afternoon when clashes broke out between protesters and paramilitary forces. Hundreds of youth took out a procession shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and were marching towards the main market of Sheeri when they were stopped by the forces and the clashes broke out.

The injured have been identified as Muzamil Qayoom and Adil Ahmed, both residents of Sheeri area in Baramulla. One of the injured, according to doctors at the Baramulla hospital, has lost his vision.

“The injured was bought to the hospital and he has splinter injuries in his eyes. He was treated by an ophthalmologist but was later shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for further treatment.” Dr Bashir Ahmad, medical superintendent of the district hospital Baramulla told Kashmir Life.

Protesters at the main market of Sheeri clashing with Police. Picture Courtesy Reyaz Ahmad

The protesters were coming from Fatahgarh area of Sheeri towards the main market when police and CRPF had to fire to disperse them to make way for the cavalcade of a state minister and DC Baramulla.

The procession was about to reach Sheeri main market, when forces opened fire in air and resorted heavy tear gas shelling to make passage for minister Taj Mohidin and DC Baramulla who were on their way to district headquarter  from Uri after a routine inspection.

“We were coming from Uri after inspecting whether the curfew was in place or not when we saw protesters coming out from Fatahgarh. But we were not targeted,”  said DC Baramulla, Ghulam Ahmad Khawja.

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