Stop use of pellet guns: Amnesty to J&K government

New Delhi, Aug 4: Global rights group Amnesty International on Thursday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to stop the use of pellet guns which have claimed lives and left hundreds blinded in the ongoing protests in Kashmir Valley.

“Pellet guns are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate, and have no place in law enforcement,” Zahoor Wani, Senior Campaigner, Amnesty International India said in a statement issued here.

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“They cannot ensure well-targeted shots and risk causing serious injury, including to bystanders or other protesters not engaging in violence. These risks are almost impossible to control.”

Amnesty also termed the weapon as a “less-lethal” weapon which has “deadly consequences”.

Authorities have termed the pellet gun as a “non-lethal” weapon.

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