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Kashmir unrest: Govt to review use of pellet guns, committee to submit reports within 2 months

Replying to a discussion on the Kashmir unrest, Singh said the committee will submit its report in two months.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2016 7:17 pm
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On Thursday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced in Lok Sabha that an expert committee will be set up to recommend alternatives to pellet guns, a non-lethal weapon blamed for causing fatal injuries and blindness among protestors in Kashmir.

Replying to a discussion on the Kashmir unrest, Singh said the committee will submit its report in two months.

He also rejected apprehensions of some members that terrorism was on rise in the valley as he reeled out figures to suggest that it had gone down with the security forces eliminating more militants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed security forces to maintain “maximum restraint”, he said, but added that it cannot be denied if someone had committed some mistakes.

“We all feel sad over the lives lost and those injured,” Singh said. He also noted that “barbarism” can have no place in the society as some people had celebrated when some security personnel were killed.

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Referring to many members’ concerns over the use pellet guns, he said one person had died due to injuries caused by these weapons, while 53 suffered injuries in eyes.

These guns, categorised as non-lethal, were used in 2010 as well when it had killed six persons and caused eye injuries to 98 with five suffering complete blindness, he said, rejecting criticism that security forces used them indiscriminately.

Singh then announced that the government was considering alternatives to pellet guns.

“We will form a committee of experts. It will see to it what non-lethal alternatives we can bring in place of pellet guns. It will give report in two months,” he said.

He also said Pakistan played a “key role” in fomenting the recent trouble in Kashmir and it was sponsoring terrorism in India.

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Observing that the situation in the Valley was “normalising” gradually, he singled out Pakistan for fomenting trouble there, saying it had played a “key role” in fuelling tension and that terrorism in India was sponsored by it.

Referring to the ‘black day’ observed by Pakistan on the killing a Hizbul Mujahedin terrorist in Kashmir, he said it has no right to interfere in India’s internal matters, but it was doing so to deflect attention from its failures as the people there were fighting along sectarian lines.

“If there is terrorism in India, then it is Pakistan sponsored,” the Home Minister said.

He also

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    Patel
    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm
    All terrorists must be eliminated. There is no point in using pellet guns.
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      romi
      Jul 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm
      these kashmiri mussies will not change their ways lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;by reviewing pellet guns issue lt;br/gt;we further risk our security forces life lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;learn from other nations how they handle these mussies gaddars lt;br/gt;stop feeling pity for them lt;br/gt;they have choosen this path
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        madan gupta
        Jul 21, 2016 at 11:35 pm
        Mehbooba and Raj Nath Singh will give AK 47 to Kashmiri protesters, so that they can kill brave Indian soldiers instead of stone pelting.
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          madan gupta
          Jul 21, 2016 at 11:39 pm
          They have the backing of government of India and stan. India is pleasing them by spending Trillions on free distribution, but they are with stan and will remain with stan. Kashmir is Never part of India, of course they eat Indian money and abuse India..
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          1. Mayur Panghaal
            Jul 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm
            Pellet gun chhod Bhajnath...tell me where are the 10 masked men shouting Bharat barbadi slgans in in Middle of JNU in Delhi ?? ARe they on vacation ? And you will teach Pak a lesson ??
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