Pellet victims protest, demand ban on use of pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir

The protestors, under the banner of Pellet Victims Welfare Trust, held the protest against continuous use of pellet guns in the valley by police and paramilitary forces.
Tabish Bhat, whose eye was damaged after CRPF fired pellets at him during a protest. (File | AP)
Tabish Bhat, whose eye was damaged after CRPF fired pellets at him during a protest. (File | AP)

SRINAGAR: A group of pellet victims, who were injured during law and order situations in the Kashmir Valley over the past few years, Monday held a protest here demanding complete ban on the use of pellet guns by security forces.

The protestors, under the banner of Pellet Victims Welfare Trust, held the protest at Press Enclave here against continuous use of pellet guns in the valley by police and paramilitary forces.

The protesters demanded ban on pellet guns, saying their continued use could render more people blind.

Among the protestors was the youngest pellet victim of Kashmir -- Hiba Nisar – who was injured after getting hit by pellets inside her house in the Kapran area of Shopian district of south Kashmir in November last year.

The two-year-old Hiba was accompanied by her mother.

The trust appealed to the people of Kashmir to come in support of the pellet victims and contribute towards their medical needs.

Pellet guns are often used for crowd control during stone pelting incidents in the valley.

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