SRINAGAR: Senior PDP leader and J&K Minister of State for Forest, Ecology and Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Zahoor Ahmad Mir’s cavalcade came under stone pelting in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.
Minister Zahoor Mir had gone to Ratnipora area in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district to visit another PDP leader Showket Gayoor’s residence to condole death of his mother.
Sources said when the minister was leaving the area, a group of youth assembled in the area and pelted stones on his cavalcade.
The security guards of the minister and the policemen deployed there for security purpose fired in air. The cops also fired tear smoke shells to disperse the stone pelting youth.
According to sources, three policemen sustained injuries during the clashes. One of the injured policeman was hit by stone on the head.
Zahoor Mir, who is MLA Pampore, however, escaped unhurt in the stone pelting incident, they said.
After the incident, more police and paramilitary personnel were rushed to the area to disperse the stone pelting youth and maintain law and order.
South Kashmir was the epicenter of last year’s five month long unrest triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander and Kashmir militancy’s poster boy Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2017.
President urged to end use of pellets in Kashmir
Jammu-based National Panthers Party (NPP) chief and Supreme Court advocate, Bhim Singh, today urged President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene to end use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
“President should use his exclusive power assigned to him under Article 370 to save children of J&K, who have been targeted by Israel-made pellet guns. The pellet guns are being used to create a terror among the children of Kashmir,” Singh said.
Demanding ban on use of pellet guns, he said the experts have admitted that pellet guns don’t follow a definite trajectory. “Pellets penetrate soft tissues of skin. Eyes, being delicate, are most vulnerable to damage. Once a pellet goes inside an eye, it shatters the tissues and causes multiple damages.”
“J&K police has been unable to use legitimate methods to control the mob fury as is being done in other states of the country,” he said.
Singh said he will legally fight the cases of the pellet injured children of J&K.
He demanded inquiry by a sitting judge of Supreme Court on use of pellet guns in Kashmir.