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Use of pellet, pepper guns affecting IHK youth eyesight

Srinagar, March 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, in a blatant violation of International law and utter disregard for the directions of Human Rights Commission of the territory, Indian armed forces continue to use lethal pellet guns on anti-India demonstrations.

A private TV channel quoting doctors reported that at least 50 youth have permanently lost eyesight due to unbridled use of pellet guns by police and paramilitary troops during protests in the occupied territory.

The TV team met many victims who have lost their eyesight due to pellets fired by the troops. A twenty-one-year-old youth, Amir Kabir, lost his eyesight after he was hit by pellets during mass uprising in 2010. A promising singer, Amir, says that the day has changed his life forever.

His mother says that they went to all top hospitals in India for Amir’s treatment, but doctors failed to restore his eyesight.

Amir’s is not an isolated case. There are many youth who have lost their eyesight due to widespread use of pellet guns. Projected as non-lethal weapon in occupied Kashmir, pellet guns have injured more than 200 people since 2010.

Besides pellet guns, the pepper guns used by Indian armed forces to quell anti-India protests have also wrecked havoc in the territory claiming many lives. This has triggered massive public resentment in Kashmir.

Experts believe that use of pepper gas is a potential risk for fatal respiratory illness.

The large-scale use of pellet and pepper guns have drawn widespread outcry in occupied Kashmir. Observers say that use of pellet guns and pepper guns violates the basic norms of human rights and must be banned.

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

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