Srinagar, January 22, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, in intense cold scores of pellet victim youngsters, donning sunglasses, assembled at Press Enclave in Srinagar to protest against the use of lethal weapons on innocent people. First, the commuters and media persons presumed they are simple protesters. However, the writing on their banners revealed that they were victims of pellets fired by Indian forces during 2016 uprising in Kashmir.
They protestors assembled under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Pellet Victims Association, an organization, has been set up for their self-help. “We are thankful to all of those who extended their help to us. We are not here to complain against anyone but only to highlight the plight of pellet victims,” said Altaf Ahmad, a pellet victim.
He added that they are the victims of weapon which is used nowhere against human beings in entire world. “The fact remains unchanged, Kashmir is the only place in world where these weapons are used against human being,” he said. Some pellet victim girls were also the part of protest who said that no one can understand the pain they are suffering from. “Our eye sight has been snatched. Losing eye sight means losing everything in life. Now, we are dependent. We need help for everything. We cannot read and write, cannot go out or walk on road without help,” they said.
They added that only those who have a human heart can feel their pain. “Our demand is simple. Why these pellets are used in Kashmir against innocent Kashmiris especially against students when they (Pellets) are meant to be manufactured and to be used against animals,” they said. “Indian forces have never used these pellets or pava shells in any Indian state where people during violent protests resorted to arsons and damaged government property worth billions of rupees,” they added.
They put forth seven demands which compromise: “End to the use of pellet guns in Kashmir, forces not to snatch eyesight of Kashmiris, eyes are precious (save them), stop harassment of pellet victims, withdrawal of cases registered on false charges (in police stations), action under law against force personnel responsible for snatching their eyesight, and to provide them assistance for complete treatment in regaining their vision.”
They appealed to international community to intervene and use its good offices to pressurize authorities to ban use of pellets in Kashmir against human beings. The protestors dispersed off peacefully.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement distributed appreciation certificate among pellet victims.
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