Srinagar, June 09 (KMS): Amnesty International has said that the use of excessive force and shooting of a student inside a school in Kashmir by Indian forces must be swiftly and impartially investigated and those responsible brought to justice.

Reports quoting Amnesty International India officials said, “Schools are supposed to be safe and peaceful spaces where respect for human rights is fostered. The use of excessive force against students inside their school is unacceptable, and strikes at their right to education.”

The school in Mattan is located near a CRPF camp. On May, 27 2017 paramilitary personnel from CRPF entered the premises of the Government Higher Secondary School, Mattan in Islamabad after students began a protest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Butt.

Amnesty officials said in a statement, “Witnesses say that forces fired in the air and some shot at the students. Sameer Ahmad, a 19-year-old class 12 student, was hit by a bullet in the head and is in critical condition in a hospital in Srinagar.”

“The principal of the school told Amnesty India that teachers had tried to intervene when the students began shouting slogans against the authorities, drawing the attention of CRPF personnel. He said, my staff went to the main entrance of the school and asked the CRPF troops to go back to camp. We told them that we would control the situation in the school. A lady officer warned us that if even a single glass panel of their camp is broken in stone pelting, they would kill them all,” the Amnesty statement said.

“Doctors at a hospital in Srinagar who are treating Sameer Ahmad said that his skull had been fractured. School authorities said that they eventually arranged for ambulances to take the students out of the school,” Amnesty official said.

School authorities filed a complaint at the local police station in Mattan on the day of the incident. However, the police have not yet registered a case, which is the first step of a criminal investigation.

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