IOK bar seeks global community’s support against pellet guns

Srinagar, September 27, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has sought intervention of international community to force India to stop use of pellet guns on protesters in the territory.

The HCBA in a statement issued in Srinagar terming the use of pellet guns by Indian forces as barbaric and inhuman said its members visited various hospitals and found 890 victims with pellet injuries admitted for treatment from July 9, 2016, to September 25, 2016.

While putting on record the tragedies pellets have caused to the lives of victims, the statement said, “As per the certificate issued by the Indian Ordinance Factory, Pune, pellet guns are to be used for scaring animals or for hunting birds.”

In the statement, the HCBA gave details of the injuries of 17 pellet victims, some as young as 11 years. It stated that Showkat Ahmad Lone, resident of Hajin had told the Bar team that he was a carpet weaver and father of two daughters aged 3 and 2 years. “He said that on September 2, 2016, he received pellet injuries in both of his eyes, when he was in his orchard and was fired upon by the forces,” the statement said.

The HCBA also profiled case of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din War, a resident of Magam Handwara, who is said to have been injured on Eid while he was sacrificing a goat. “Police opened the gate of his house and fired pellets at him, which hit his right eye”, said the statement.

The ongoing problems of pellet victims have also been recorded and illustrated as case of Ishfaq Ahmad, resident of Noorbagh Guzerbal Srinagar, a 12th class student. As per the document of the association, “Police fired a pellet in his right eye on 1st September, 2016.

The other cases profiled by the Bar Association are of Umar of Sopore, Javaid Ahmad of Akhran Nawpora Kulgam, Tauseef Ahmad of Palhallan, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din War of Magam Handwara, Butt Siraj of Bakshipora, Tengapora, Farooq Ahmad of Rajpora Pulwama, Sajjad Ahmad of Delina, Baramulla, Ishfaq Ahmad of Noorbagh Srinagar, Junaid Ahmad of Karimabad Pulwama, Aaqib Yousuf of Srinagar, Shabir Ahmad of Tarzoo Sopore, Muntazir Ahmad Dar of Baghi Mehtab Srinagar, Wasil Hassan of Charar-i-Sharief Badgam, Nazrul-Islam of Charar-i-Sharief Badgam, Khalid of Kreeri Baramulla and Umar Butt of Habak Srinagar.

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