SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Sunday condemned the continuous use of pellet guns by the police and paramilitary CRPF, terming it an “act of planned genocide of innocent Kashmiris”.
In a statement issued here, Bar said that the Indian army and “their collaborators” in Kashmir were “brutalising, killing, and blinding” the people demanding right to self determination with impunity.
“The UNO and the other World Human Rights bodies committed to save the people from the state onslaught are watching the same as mute, unmindful, and unconcerned spectators,” it said.
The lawyers’ body sought to remind the people that the “policy of blinding Kashmiri people” was conceived in 2010 when pellet guns were first introduced in the Valley.
“In 2010, and now in 2016, the target of bullets and pellets has been the teenagers, so that they are either killed or rendered incapacitated forever,” it said.
“While the ruthless forces are continuing to hit the people with pellets and everyday dozens of teenagers are received in the SMHS Hospital Srinagar with pellet injuries, Mehbooba Mufti is, on the one hand, praising these forces and simultaneously assuring the pellet victims that the state government is committed to provide all assistance to them.”
The chief minister, Bar said, should have directed the forces to stop the use of pellet guns.
However, she “is a puppet and there is nothing in her hands”.
“It is the Indian home ministry that is running the affairs of the state and it is they who have given a freehand to their ruthless forces to kill, maim, and blind Kashmiris,” Bar said.
The body said that it expected the High Court, which is to decide the fate of Bar’s plea against the use of pellet guns, to direct all the functionaries of the government to respect the dignity and the fundamental freedoms of the people.