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IHK HR commission seeks expert opinion on use of pepper gas

Srinagar, March 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir has started seeking expert opinions on the use of pepper gas by Indian police and paramilitary troops on protesters in the territory.

The Human Rights Commission officials told media that Dr Muzaffar Mirza of Chest Diseases Hospital in Srinagar recorded his statement on the issue before the division bench of the Commission comprising Javaid Kawoos and Rafiq Fida.

The statements of Dr Pervaiz Kaul, Head of Department, Internal Pulmonary Medicine, Soura Institute of Medical Sciences and Dr Javaid Malik, Associate Professor Medical College Bemina will be recorded next week, they said. “The opinion of the experts will be made public later,” the officials informed.

Pertinently, last year, the commission asked the authorities to refrain from using pepper gas against protesters, saying it is harmful for health. Last week the commission came down hard on police for failing to desist from using pepper gas on protesters in Srinagar and other parts of the territory.

Meanwhile, the commission has granted two more months to its investigation wing to file report on investigation into the infamous Gaw Kadal massacre of 1990 that left over 50 people dead and scores injured in firing by Indian troops on a protest demonstration.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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