Stop use of pellet firing shotguns in J&K: Amnesty to government
Amnesty International India on Wednesday stated that New Delhi has to change its narrative of justice regarding J&K, reiterating the demand that use of pellet firing shotguns by the government forces should be banned immediately.
The rights organization released a report here in Srinagar, ‘Loosing Sight in Kashmir: The impact of pellet firing shotgun’ documenting cases of 88 people whose eyesight was damaged by the pellets fired by J&K police and CRPF between 2014 and 2017.
“New narrative from New Delhi on justice in J&K is needed which is missing till now,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India.
The pellet victims, Zahoor Ahmad Wani, the AI representative who coordinated the research in Kashmir revealed, are undergoing psychological trauma and thus unable to resume normal life in any form.
The AI India report said that the pellet shotguns and the manner in which they have been used in Kashmir violate international standards on the use of force. Law enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty,” read the report.
According to AI, at least 16 personnel from the J&K armed police were treated for pellet injuries in Kupwara in 2016. AI India claimed that they wrote to the JKP and CRPF for and CRPF for further information, but no responses were received.