PVA holds protest, demands end to lethal weapons in Kashmir

MAJID NABI. Dated: 5/11/2018 12:18:33 AM

SRINAGAR, May 10: Condemning the use of pellets by government forces that left a middle-aged person critically injured at Bandipora’s Sumbal area, Pellet Victim Association (PVA) today appealed to the international community to pressurise India into ending the use of lethal weapons in the restive valley.
PVA Chief Organizer, Bashir Ahmad, while criticizing the government for allowing what he called ‘trigger happy forces who shower deadly pellets on innocent civilians’, appealed United Nations and other global rights bodies to play their part in ending human rights violation in Kashmir.
A civilian Abdul Rashid who was hit with pellets in his eyes at Sumbal Sonawari has to undergo major surgery at SKIMS Soura here.
“I strongly condemn the pellet firing at Sumbal Sonawari in which one Abdul Rashid got injured and was referred to Srinagar Hospital for surgery. Hundreds of people receive pellets in their eyes and lost their vision, but human rights bodies are silent,” said PVA head.
He appealed to the well-off people to come forward and lend a helping hand to those injured with pellets.
“I request well-off people of the society to save these victims from turning blind and at the same time appeal international community which has maintained silence over the cruelty meted out by Indian forces in Kashmir to influence India to end using lethal weapons on innocent civilians,” he added.
It may be in place to mention that out of 45 patients who were brought to SMHS hospital from Shopian on May 6 for treatment, 32 were hit with pellets.
Those received pellets above waste during protests and clashes with government forces at Shopian are being treated at ward 8 of SMHS hospital here.



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