Government of India will constitute an expert committee to review use of pellets in Kashmir.
“The Government has directed security forces to exercise maximum restrain while dealing with protesters in Kashmir. It was not the first time that pellet guns were used in Kashmir. The practice started in 2010. I am not accusing any government, but five Kashmiris lost their vision back then,” Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha on Thursday.
“We will constitute an expert committee to review the use of pellet guns for controlling crowds. They will submit a report within two months,” he said.
The use of “non-lethal” pellet gun in Kashmir has come under severe criticism as it has already consumed two precious lives while at least 35 youths have lost eye sight. Hundreds of youth have been hit by pellets since July 09, when mass protests erupted, a day after popular militant commander Burhan Wani lost his life.
“We all need to work together to improve the situation in Kashmir,” Rajnath Singh said.