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Posted at: Jan 13, 2018, 12:09 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2018, 12:09 AM (IST)

51 killed, 9,000 hurt in Valley unrest: CM

Arteev Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, January 12

The J&K Government today said 51 persons were killed and over 9,000 injured, including 6,221 due to pellets, during the eight-month-long unrest in the Kashmir valley after the killing of Hizb militant Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.

As many as 782 persons had suffered eye injuries. Eight persons suffered permanent eye damage. At least 368 persons got bullet injuries during the clashes between protesters and security forces.

In a written reply to National Conference MLA Shamim Firdous’s query in the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who holds the charge of the Home Department, said 51 persons were killed in the Kashmir division from July 8, 2016, to February 27, 2017, during the unrest.

She said 9,042 persons were injured in firing of bullets, pellets, PAVA shells, etc, during the period. “Of these, 6,221 were injured due to pellets, 368 due to bullets and four due to PAVA shells. As many as 2,449 persons suffered other injuries,” Mehbooba said.

At least 782 persons suffered eye injuries. Of these, 510 were hospitalised, she said, adding that 5,197 cases of pellet injuries were treated at district hospitals and the rest were referred to super speciality hospitals.

“The highest number of 16 deaths took place in Anantnag district followed by 13 in Kulgam district, seven in Pulwama and five in Kupwara,” she said.

726 held under PSA 

  • Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the House that 726 persons were detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) during the past two years.
  • “At least 525 persons were detained under the PSA in 2016. All have been released. In 2017, 201 persons were detained under the PSA. Of these, 124 have been released and 77 are still under preventive detention,” Mehbooba Mufti said  
  • The Chief Minister, however, refused to disclose the identity of the detainees, citing security reasons

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