‘India uses pellets, torture to disable Kashmiris’

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, brutal torture techniques employed by Indian troops like the firing of pellets on peaceful protesters in the territory have left thousands of Kashmiris disabled for life, including over 200 losing eyesight in one or both eyes.

An analytical report released by Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, today, said, among the most brutal tactics used by Indian troops to disable and maim the Kashmiris include firing of bullets, pellets, PAVA and teargas shells on pro-freedom protesters as well as resorting to severe beatings, electric shock, crushing the leg muscles with a wooden roller, burning with heated objects and hanging upside down in interrogation centres.

Besides, booby traps and mine blasts are also used against the hapless Kashmiris. Cases of dis-abilities have increased manifold since India started using deadly pellets as over three thousand Kash-miris are at the verge of losing vision in one or both eyes.

The report urged the international community to take notice of Indian government’s inhuman act of disabling the Kashmiris under a systematic torture mechanism in IIOJK.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Information Secretary, Shabbir Ahmed, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, the Indian troops are arresting innocent youth and children in the territory and subjecting them to torture, render-ing them physically disabled.

He said that many international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, had released eye-opening reports regarding Indian brutalities on the people of Kashmir, espe-cially youth, but despite that the Indian oppression in IIOJK was increasing day-by-day.

He appealed to the United Nations and global powers to play their role in halting Indian state ter-rorism in IIOJK.—KMS

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