Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – On Tuesday evening, Asrar Khan, a grade-11 student was on his way to a playing field just outdoors his residence in Ellahi Bagh location of Srinagar, Indian-administred Kashmir.
Moments later, he was becoming rushed to Shere Kashmir Institute of Health-related Science (SKIMS) on a motorcycle, bleeding profusely from his head.
According to witnesses, a returning group of Indian paramilitary troops fired a tear gas shell at the teenager. He was also hit by pellet gun shrapnel in the face. Physicians at the hospital operated on him through the evening just after CT scans revealed extreme internal bleeding in the head.
An additional witness stated there was no protest in the location prior to the incident.
Khan remains in essential care and medical doctors are closely monitoring his situation.
A healthcare official at the hospital told Al Jazeera that the young boy is most likely to drop vision in each his eyes if he survives.
“He has suffered really serious head injuries and our priority appropriate now is to save his life,” stated the official who wished to stay anonymous.
At SKIMS, 1 of the biggest government-run hospitals in Srinagar, there are 5 to six young boys who have been injured by Indian paramilitary troops because the military crackdown started in the disputed area on Monday, according to the official.
An additional boy, from the Bemina location of Srinagar, was hit by a pellet gun shell at close variety. He has suffered extreme lacerations to his chest but his situation is stated to be steady.
Back at the hospital, Khan’s cousin Adil stated they had no notion the 16-year-old had been injured till a neighbour informed them.
He added that neighborhood police officials visited them through the evening and asked them to stay calm.
“He is so young, he does not deserve to be like this. Just yesterday, he was playing with the sheep we had brought for Eid [Muslim religious festival],” stated Adil.
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Adil also stated Asrar’s father was allegedly injured when he was turned away by paramilitary troops on his way to the hospital.
A presidential decree issued on Monday revoked Short article 370 of India’s constitution, which assured unique rights to the Muslim-majority state, such as the appropriate to its personal constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters, except defence, communications and foreign affairs.
Just before the announcement, the Indian government had launched a strict military clampdown on the seven million residents of the Kashmir valley.
In an unprecedented clampdown, the Indian government closed schools, banned public meetings and reduce off all modes of communication, such as world wide web access and landlines.
Indian paramilitary forces have erected barricades every single handful of hundred metres across Srinagar city to halt civilian movement.
At Lal Chowk, in the centre of Srinagar, speakers mounted on paramilitary automobiles blared warnings that threating any individual noticed violating the curfew will be detained.
On August six, Nazima Bano, a 35-year-old Srinagar resident, was sitting in her residence when she heard the sound of bullets and tear canisters.
“I locked the major door of my residence and asked my husband and brother-in-law to keep indoors. I heard people today chanting slogans against Amit Shah,” stated Bano.
Bano knew clashes had been going on in between protesters and Indian forces quite close to her residence. To seek refuge, protesters had been getting into homes in the location, such as Bano’s. “I was in the kitchen when I heard loud bangs at the door. I was scared. But prior to I could see or say something, the Indian forces entered the courtyard and began beating every person up,” stated Bano.
‘He stated he will shoot me’
A handful of of the family members members jumped from the initially floor to escape even though the other individuals had been severely beaten, Bano stated.
“Pretty much 16 armed forces officials began beating him [one protester in her house], some with sticks, some with guns. I jumped out and attempted to save him even even though I didn’t know him.
“I jumped in for the reason that he was so young and it pained me. 1 official held the gun to my chest stated he will shoot me if I stopped them. They kicked me in my stomach and as I fell to the ground, they dragged him out and took him away in their armed car.”
Protests have been ongoing in the Indian-administered Kashmir because India’s selection on Monday. On the other hand, with a communications blackout and ban on journalists’ movements, news of the protests has not been shared globally.
Al Jazeera has been receiving details from the ground by means of neighborhood journalists employing satellite phones, or wi-fi obtainable in particular components of the area. Details has also been shared by means of USB drives that are delivered to the airport and taken to cities in India by passengers.
A handful of kilometres away from Bano’s residence, troops applied tear gas canisters, pellets and bullets to disperse protesters.
Saleem (name changed) was watching from his window when he saw a man falling to the ground.
“He was my neighbour. But prior to we could lift him, an additional particular person fell. Each of them had been hit by pellets in their eyes,” stated Saleem.
Due to lack of transport, Saleem sat 1 of the injured on his motorcycle and reached Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, crossing far more than 20 barricades and checkpoints on his way.
At the hospital, Saleem realised there had been several other individuals wounded with bullet and pellet injuries.
“There had been a lot of people today from mainly south and central Kashmir. My neighbours are 16 and 19. But I was shocked to see a handful of pellet victims who had been younger, 1 was a 4-year-old.
“The government will deny these injuries as there is no suitable reporting or documentation of these incidents. We will not be capable to know about most of the casualties.”
In Nawab Bazar, Srinagar, Haleema sent her son to verify on her relatives who lived a handful of metres away.
“After half an hour, a neighbour came to me and stated my son received pellet wound in his left eye. I asked 1 of my neighbours to drive me to the hospital. I located my son lying on the bed. There had been other individuals as effectively.
“Ideal now, Kashmir is on fire. My family members members do not know exactly where we are.”
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