X-ray image of a pellet gun victim. (Credit: Hindu Businessline)

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Ezabir Ali, a social activist, told Twocircles.net that, “It is very painful to see pellet victims. At very first sight an utter comes from inside that how inhumane a person could be who used such kind of weapon on a youth with still a long life to live. In the long term, the victims of pellets are left vulnerable to worst kind of situations.”

“Pellets are paralyzing and blinding Kashmiri’s youth. Need of the hour is something concrete to ban this weapon once for all,” says Ali.

Dr Nisar Ul Hassan, president, Doctors Association Kashmir, while divulging the details of cases of pellet victims in Kashmir, told TwoCircles.net, “As we have seen in maximum pellet cases, the pellets have been shot from a close range, thus in these cases, the chances are quite high in severe and instantaneous damage to vital organs such as eyes, heart, brain and spinal cord. The pellet guns used by security forces don’t maintain the trajectory and can hit a number of people concurrently. The use of pellets is inhumane as it can kill a person and cause morbidity in a person. In majority of cases of pellet injuries, loss of eyesight is common. Loss of eyes is like giving a living death to the person,” Hassan says.

Will PDP walk the talk?

During its stint in opposition, the PDP had staged numerous demonstration in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, shouting slogans against use of pellets, demanding ban on the weapon and disrupting the proceedings, walking out in protest. However, unfortunately, the party is quiet since the day it assumed the charge of government in the state.

Just last week, while visiting Hamid Bhat, Aasiya Naqash, a junior PDP minister, asked the state government to ban the use of bullets by police and paramilitary forces in Kashmir. “There can’t be second opinion on the issue. It is high time to ban the use of pellet guns and there should be a total ban on it,” the minister told reporters.

Aasiya is the first minister from the PDP-BJP coalition government who has sought ban on the use of pellet guns. Credit: TwoCircles.net

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