Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a whopping 1726 persons including children have been victims of pellet firing by Indian forces, says the official details revealed before the Human Right Commission of the territory.

“While going through the reports received from all the districts, it has been observed that the total number of (pellet victims) is 1726. It has also been reported that some victims, while they were undergoing treatment, did not mention their original names because they apprehended arrest,” said the Commission’s Chairman, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, while hearing a suo-motu plea with regard to various incidents in which people suffered pellet injuries in the recent past.

The commission also directed senior superintendents of police and SPs to direct the victims belonging to their district to appear individually before the commission on December 28. The commission also requested human rights lawyer, Pervez Imroz, to assist it in the case on the next date of hearing.

Last month, the Amnesty International India-chapter called for an immediate ban on the use of pellet guns and asked the puppet administration to initiate prompt, independent and impartial civilian investigations into all incidents where the use of the lethal weapon led to deaths or injuries to establish whether arbitrary or excessive force was used.

The Amnesty International said that the pellet-firing shotgun had been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in Kashmir and it must be immediately banned. “Authorities claim the pellet shotgun is not lethal, but the injuries and deaths caused by this cruel weapon bear testimony to how dangerous, inaccurate and indiscriminate it is. There is no proper way to use pellet-firing shotguns. It is irresponsible of authorities to continue the use of these shotguns despite being aware of the damage they do,” the Amnesty had stated in a report released in Srinagar, last month.

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