Violence in Kashmir leaves several security personnel injured, lining up for hospital beds

Violent mobs in Kashmir have taken to stone pelting and grenade throwing, while forces have retaliated with tear gas shells and pellets. Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters Srinagar Jul 14, 2016, 04.55 PM (IST)
The ongoing violence in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has left several security personnel injured, as wounded soldiers line up for beds at an army hospital in Srinagar city.

Kashmir has been on the boil after forces gunned down Burhan Wani, a militant commander of the separatist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, on July 8.

Post Wani's death, the Valley has been rocked by violent protests. At least 37 people have been killed and about 1500, including hundreds of security personnel, have been injured in clashes. Curfew was in force today for the sixth day.

Brigadier, Commander 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar, MS Tevatia said around 14 casualties have been admitted to the hospital so far.

"We have received 14 casualties so far over a period of three-four days. In all, out of these 14 casualties, 12 are of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and two are from J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) police. The mostly the injuries are from the splinter as a result of a grenade throwing and few of the injuries are because of the stone pelting on to these individuals," said Tevatia.

Four of the injured are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 10 have been operated on.

Violent mobs have taken to stone pelting and grenade throwing, while forces have been retaliating with tear gas shells and pellets.

"We were trying to control the mob which was pelting stones at us. Somebody from the ground then threw a hand grenade. A few of my colleagues and I got injured in the incident," said one of the injured soldiers at the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as state chief Mehbooba Mufti have appealed to the people for peace.

Violence in Kashmir has spiked against a backdrop of rising social tension and separatist sentiment in the Muslim-majority region, which for decades has been at the centre of a strategic tussle between India and Pakistan.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

India accuses Pakistan of training and arming the rebels in the portion it controls and sending them to the Indian side, a claim its neighbour denies.