CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Thursday submitted three resolutions in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly including one urging the state government to ban the use of pellet guns.
He also urged Central and state governments to fix minimum wages of workers at not less than Rs 18,000 per month while also demanding effective measures for eradication of corruption.
“This House urges upon the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to ban the use of pellet guns by security forces to meet any law and order situation,” said one of the resolutions submitted by Kulgam MLA.
The district administrators of eight districts – Baramulla, Kupwara, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar – recently submitted a report before the State Human Rights Commission, stating that 2,524 people were injured by pellets, many of them in the eyes, during last year’s uprising in Kashmir.
The actual number of pellet victims is 5,850, according to data compiled by the state’s health and medical education department.
Nearly 100 people were killed by government forces amid months of curfew and shutdown in Kashmir following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani last July. The widespread use of pellet guns by government forces had left thousands wounded and several including a 12-year old boy from Srinagar dead, drawing condemnation from rights groups.
“Pellet-firing shotguns, which have been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in Kashmir, must be immediately banned,” Amnesty International had said in a report– “Losing Sight in Kashmir: The Impact of Pellet-Firing Shotguns”– in September.
“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.”