The casualties are mounting by the day. While exact data is hard to obtain, the number of civilians injured in Kashmir since Friday in firing and tear-gas shelling by security forces has increased to around 340, according to figures available from hospitals.
And official estimates say more than 260 police and CRPF personnel have been injured by stone-pelting protesters in the last four days.
Figures from district and sub-district hospitals are revealing: Of the total 159 people treated in these hospitals on Friday, almost half were admitted with bullet injuries. On Saturday, another 39 injured protestors were brought to hospitals. On Sunday, the figure shot up to 116, which included those injured after a blast in a police installation set ablaze by protesters in Khrew, 10 km east of Srinagar.
Exact figures were not immediately available for Monday.
A police spokesman said that 50 personnel were injured on Friday and Saturday. CRPF spokesman P. Tripathi said 100 of their men were injured on Friday and Saturday. “Forty-five police and CRPF personnel were injured in violent incidents in Pulwama and Awantipora (on Sunday),” a police spokesman said on Sunday.
More than 60 security personnel were injured on Monday, an official said.
Besides defying curfews to protest, youngsters have also come out to donate blood. “I came to know that there was a shortage of blood in hospitals due to the large number of injured patients,” said a 30-year-old businessman who donated blood at a camp at Kawdara in Srinagar’s old city area on Saturday. The word was spread by announcements in local mosques.