Indian Army opens artificial limb centre in Kashmir's border district (INDIA)
The Indian Army has recently inaugurated in Kashmir's border Poonch district, a one of its kind artificial limb repair centre to help hundreds of people who have lost their limbs in the crossfire and militancy related incidents.
Though Kashmir already boasts of an artificial limb centre, the new centre opened earlier on Saturday, is a novel project undertaken by the army under Operation Sadhbhavana, a goodwill gesture, to aid those living in remote border areas. Incidentally Kashmir already
Officials said that the centre would cater to both civilians and defence personnel as a tribute to those who braved the cross-firing and landmine blasts along the Line of Control (LoC).
"This is for the first time that a limb repair centre has come up. People of Jammu and Kashmir have suffered a lot due to militancy and many have lost their limbs. This project is to provide aid to such people," said Major General VK Datta, General officer in Command, 25 Infantry, Indian Army.
More than 45,000 people have lost their lives and a large number suffered limb losses in various bomb blasts and other incidents in the revolt that racked the valley for more than a decade now.
Officials say that as many as four to five thousand people every year get maimed and are rendered physically challenged in Jammu and Kashmir.
Von: 23 August 2005, Hindustan Times