According to Kashmir Media Service , the Home department in a written reply in the so-called Kashmir Assembly said that as per reports, 18 civilians lost their lives due to pellets during the last two years in the territory. It also said that 6,221 persons were injured in pellet firing between July 2016 to February 2017.
The pellet guns were first introduced in occupied Kashmir during the 2010 mass uprising. Since then, scores of civilians have been killed and hundreds blinded due to the use of this lethal weapon by the occupational forces.
In another written reply to the so-called Assembly, the Home Department of the territory said that 14,210 youth were arrested on the charges of stone pelting during the past three years of PDP-BJP regime in occupied Kashmir . It said that during this period, 1,114 persons were booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA). Of them, 94 were detained in 2015, 660 in 2016 and 360 in 2017, it added.
As per the reply, 167 persons are still behind the bars under the PSA in different jails of the territory.
Under the PSA, a person can be detained for up to two years without trial. During the past 28 years, the black law has been liberally used by successive regimes of the territory to keep civilian protesters and Hurriyat leaders behind the bars.APP