Over 1,200 children among 9,000 injured in crackdown on protesters: J&K health dept data

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AT LEAST 1,248 children below the age of 15 were among 9,010 people injured in the crackdown to quell protests triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a joint operation by police and the Army in south Kashmir on July 8, according to J&K government figures.

The data also does not specifically list those who suffered pellet injuries in their eyes, but official sources said that ophthalmology units in three top Srinagar hospitals received more than 1,300 such patients.

The data shows that four people were injured by Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) shells in Kulgam district - PAVA shells were cleared for use by security forces by the Union Home Ministry as a possible alternative to pellet guns on September 3.

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