Amnesty International demands ban on pellet guns


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The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has demanded that the pellet-firing shotguns, which have been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in occupied Kashmir, must be immediately banned.
Releasing a report, titled “Losing Sight In Kashmir, The Impact of Pellet Guns” at a local hotel in Srinagar, the Director Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel said that no amount of violence from the youth could legitimize the use of pellet guns.
He said that the Amnesty had raised the issue with the government of India, which understands that the damage caused by the pellets was disproportionate. Patel pointed out that his organization was working in Kashmir for a long time, and since 1989, no case or FIR registered against the forces had been acted upon.
The Amnesty report has identified the cases of 88 people whose eyesight was damaged by metal pellets fired from pump-action shotguns used by the police and Central Reserve Police Force in the occupied territory between 2014 and 2017.—KMS