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LoC shelling aftermath: Youth from Uri losses both legs, others recount horror

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Baramulla: Syed Nadir Hussain (36) from Kamalkote area of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, who was injured during cross-border shelling on Friday, has lost both his legs as he suffered critical injuries during the shelling that rocked the area on Friday.
He was injured after a shell hit him yesterday during the cross-border shelling and was immediately rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Although the injured is stable, but as per the officials, a 36-year-old has been rendered handicapped as he has lost both of his legs due to the critical injuries.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Uri, Dr Ramzan said that a civilian identified as Syed Nadir Hussain (36), son of Peer Hussain of Kamalkot has lost both of his legs in the shelling.
Nadir Hussain was brought to the hospital in critical condition and was immediately rushed to Srinagar’s hospital for specialized treatment, he said.
He said that many injured were brought to Uri hospital who he identified as Sajad Khan (62), son of Muhammad Aslam Khan of Balkote Uri, Saif-ud-din Qureshi (63), son of Fiqur Ullaha Qureshi of Kamalkote Uri, Hakim Bee (50), wife of Abdul Hamid of Gohallan Uri and Sarfraz Ahmad (18), son of Lateif Ahmad of Gohallan Uri.
He added that one among the injured persons was discharged yesterday while the others were shifted to Baramulla hospital for further treatment.
Similar stories of horror are pouring from other north Kashmir areas where people suffered injuries due to shelling.
Asifa (name changed) had ablution and was about to offer mandatory Friday prayers at her home in Tanghdar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. However, a loud bang was heard in the area which broke the walls of her house and subsequently left her severely wounded.
Asifa, suffered severe injury in her shoulder and even made a big hole in the back side of her body as according to her family members, a piece of arbitrary shell hit on her back and pierced her shoulder.
Asifa (23) is married. Her husband Himayun along with the other family members is accompanying her at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital where she was brought at 07:00 PM yesterday.
Asifa, who has a minor daughter, is not in a position to speak as according to the family, she has lost enough blood after she was injured yesterday.
Himayun is concerned about the health condition of his wife and doesn’t speak much.
Sharing the details about yesterday’s incident, one of the family members of Asifa said that the cross-border shelling started from the morning hours in Tanghdar and was going on till evening.
He said cross-border shelling and firing is not a new for the people living close to the Line of Control (LoC), adding that the civilian populace always suffers losses.
The family member of injured Asifa when asked about the underground bunkers along the LoC, said that a few bunkers have been constructed, but are not enough to accommodate the whole population living near the LoC.
He added the border dwellers are now constructing their houses accordingly and are constructing at least two underground rooms for their safety whenever needed.
The family also said that soon after the shelling and subsequent injuries took place, the border dwellers left their respective homes and shifted to safer places, a few kilometers far from the LoC.
Meanwhile, the shelling also caused extensive damage to the properties of border dwellers with officials stating that at least 30 residential houses have suffered partial damage in the cross-border shelling that took place along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.
Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Riyaz Ahmad said that 30 houses and several other constructions have suffered partial damage.
He said a team has been sent to the affected area where they are assessing the loss and the details will be shared accordingly. He added that many livestock also perished in the shelling.
“Several live mortar shells were also found today in Uri areas including Kamlakote, Barsari and Kundi. A team comprising of police, Army and Revenue officials have been sent to the spot and the live shells will be defused,” he added. (KNO)


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