Over 3,000 pellet cartridges fired, hard to follow SOPs: CRPF to J&K High Court

More than 500 youth have been hit by pellets in their eyes, several of them turning blind in the process.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Updated: August 19, 2016 12:29 am
kashmir, kashmir news, CRPF, pellet guns, kashmir deaths, burhan wani, hizbul mujahideen, kashmir protest, kashmir unrest, india news An X-ray of a protester showing the pellets in his body (Express photo)

The Central Reserve Police Force has fired over 3,000 pellet cartridges — each containing 450 metallic balls — in Kashmir since July 8, when the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani sparked protests.

However, it can be “difficult” to follow standard operating procedures on use of weapons, given the “dynamic and mobile” situation on the ground. CRPF submitted this on Wednesday before the Jammu and Kashmir high court, which is hearing a PIL seeking a ban on pellets.

According to the figures submitted by the paramilitary force, around 1.6 million pellets were fired on protesters from July 8 to August 11. “The SOP regarding use of firearms for crowd control in extreme situations requires that the weapon be aimed below the waist. But the situation prevailing on the streets during an ongoing law and order incident is dynamic and mobile,” said the CRPF affidavit. “In such a situation, sometimes it is difficult to go in for precise aimed fire at a moving, bending and running target.” The CRPF said pellet guns were introduced in 2010 and were an accepted weapon of “riot control”. “In case this is withdrawn from the options available with the CRPF, CRPF personnel would have no recourse in extreme situations but to open fire with rifles, which may cause more fatalities,” it said.

The PIL was filed by J&K High Court Bar Association on July 30. The CRPF and BSF have submitted their replies, but the state government is yet to respond. The next hearing is on August 20.

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    Nagri
    Aug 18, 2016 at 10:35 am
    He is not a blind bhakt. He is a brahmin scoundrel, as is all bhakts are.
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      Adrian Akau
      Aug 18, 2016 at 9:32 am
      Peace by terrorism is impossible.
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        vijay
        Aug 18, 2016 at 6:54 am
        Would it be fair to ascertain as to what encouraged the so called lily white youth of Kashmir to come out on to the street with sticks and stones in spite of the proclamation of sec.144?.Also, would it be fair, if our courts make a finding as to whether the unfortunate incidents would have happened, had the youths/jihadis sta at home with their families during the section 144 was on? counting the no of shots and pellets fired is as useful as measuring the amount of water gone under the bridge
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          kumar
          Aug 18, 2016 at 9:19 am
          Rubbish article from an Anti indian newspaper !lt;br/gt;please also publish how many stones were thrown too ! then its a balanced reporting.
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            Kabir
            Aug 18, 2016 at 9:58 am
            Blind bhakt comparing stones with pellets?
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              Kabir
              Aug 18, 2016 at 10:06 am
              Though I don't blame the CRPF as they did what they were ordered to do and they ought to do. but we Indians can't be so inhuman, Kashmiris are Indian citizens and they have every right to live the way every citizen has. No government can take that away. I dont know if the government apologized or not, but as an Indian citizen I do apologize. lt;br/gt;I wonder how many separatist leaders were actually "leading" it? Please stop misleading people in the name of religion and fake nationalism. India is a better place for every kashmiri, baluchi, sindhi, pakhtuni to be with and I am no bhakt. Leave the hatred behind and we will have peaceful. prosperous lives.
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                Kabir
                Aug 19, 2016 at 11:38 am
                do the chaddies even read the comments before they start barking? the people who oppose/criticize consution are talking of lawlessness. Its my land, it's my country and I am free to make my opinions. Chaddies have no right to force their opinion on others. If the chaddies do not like it they are free to leave my country. Don't try to bring the men in uniform in this conflict, they do what they are supposed to do. If you are so fond of protecting the law, go punish those go rakshaks as well.
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                  Narendra
                  Aug 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm
                  Lets see you stand in front of people throwing stones at you, and then we will see your response when you are hit by one to determine which is worse, a stone or a pellet.
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