SRINAGAR: (APP) Stating that pellet guns gave played havoc, Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Thursday strongly condemned the use of “brute force” by CRPF and Police in killing more than 37 unarmed civilians and injuring over 1600 of them in different parts of Kashmir valley during the past few days of “umbrage”.
In a statement in Srinagar Thursday, the lawyers’ body termed the killing of innocent civilians as a systemic genocide of Kashmiri Muslims.
“The use pellet guns as a weapon of offence, for inflicting a severe kind of injury of perpetual nature on hapless people, most of whom are teen agers to render them permanently disabled,” a spokesman said in a statement.
He said the Bar Association feels that the High Court, where the use of pellet guns had been questions by several members of the Bar Association in the past has also not considered the impact of such injuries and by dismissing the Public Interest Petitions and the Review Petitions, has virtually allowed the police and other forces to play with the lives of the people, without being accountable for their crime.
The Bar, the spokesman feels, that the matter deserves a relook and a reconsideration thereof more particularly in the context of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court which has directed that the Security Personnel cannot use excessive force in the garb of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, so that the use of pellet guns which has played havoc with the lives of the people, is ordered to be stopped forever.
The Bar Association also feels that the sending of three member team of eye specialists from AIMS, New Delhi to J&K, to assist the state in providing medical care to more than 200 pellet gun victims, who for saving themselves from police onslaught and persecution, have not even disclosed their identity to the hospital authorities, as an act of rubbing salt in the wounds of Kashmiri people, who for the last about 70 years have been facing worst kind of state repression.
“The Government of India instead of sending these three doctors to J&K State should have honored and respected their promises and assurances given to the people of Kashmir of holding an impartial plebiscite in the State under the UN auspices , so that there would be an end to their sufferings and miseries.”