Book on the lethal use of pellet guns released in Kashmir; lethality of the non-lethal weapon exposed

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar : Kashmir – Scars of Pellet Gun: The Brutal Face of Suppression, the book penned by head of Legal Cell, Hurriyat (M), Mannan Bukhari was released in a function held in Srinagar on Sunday.

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In the book, Mannan, unveils the lethality of so called non-lethal weapons like Pellet Guns which, as per the book, has claimed lives of at least 10 people and have injured more than 1500 since 2010, the year when pellet guns were first used in the valley.


The book is first of its kind to be wrote on the subject which contains the details of horror caused by the use of Pellet Gun in Kashmir including the information acquired through RTI, medical practitioner’s experiences and observations on pellet caused injuries and fatalities, stories of some of the survivors, accounts of family members.

“The use of pellet guns have claimed at least 10 lives since 2010, the year which marked the use of Pellet Gun in guise of non-lethal weapon in Kashmir. Approximately, 1500 cases of pellet injuries have been reported in hospitals across several districts of Kashmir .Almost 70 percent have suffered damage to their most vital organs which in most cases were eye(s),” said Bukhari while addressing the audience during his book release function.

While citing a report mentioned in book which Mannan obtained from Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) under Right To Information Act, has revealed that pellet guns have caused death of at least six persons and injuries to 198 others during four months of 2010. Five persons, according to it, have also lost their eyesight following pellet injuries.

“The study has found that the youngest patient was a six-year-old boy and the oldest was 54 years old, with pellet wounds in the face and abdomen, respectively. Of the 198 patients, there were six women too. Most patients sustained multiple wounds, with up to 70 small wounds reported in one of them, the study said. Injuries to any of these sites were associated with a significant number of injuries involving other parts of the body,” revealed Manan

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Chairman of moderate separatist faction Hurriyat (M) in his address made an appeal to International Watchdogs, United Nations and Amnesty International (AI) and International Committee of the Red Cross to use their diplomacy in coercing India to ban the use of pellet guns in Kashmir

The 211 page book is presently available for sale on all the major online retailers of India and Abroad.


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