Want to ban pellet guns, need cooperation of security forces: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said she wanted to ban pellet guns, but that was only possible with the support of the forces.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Updated: October 22, 2016 10:12 am
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that though the police and security forces have worked with discipline in the past three months, excesses and mistakes have happened sometimes. She said she wanted to ban pellet guns, but that was only possible with the support of the forces.

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The CM said her government wanted to ban pellet guns and sought cooperation of the police, saying they should “tolerate” and refrain from using such weapons as the protests would not continue forever. “If there is an injury to you, and we save a youth’s eyes or arms from pellet guns, then I think it will be your biggest sacrifice. Because this (protests) will not continue forever, it is temporary. But I need your cooperation,” she said, addressing the Police Commemoration Day function in Srinagar.

She said that the persons “behind” the youths and children throwing stones had been identified and the process would continue in future. “There has been excess too sometimes, but unfortunately the way our youth and small children were pushed towards police stations and camps with stones and attempts were made to lynch police and security forces, in comparison to that you people worked with patience and tolerance,” she said.

Speaking about the recent deaths of civilians during action by the forces — including 12-year-old Junaid Ahmad, lecturer Shabir Ahmad Monga and ATM guard Riyaz Ahmad — she said that there were many other episodes that should not have taken place. “I want action to be taken against those involved (in the killing of Junaid),” she said. “I am serious about these (avoidable incidents) and seek your (police) support.”

On allegations of disproportionate use of force by the police and security forces during the past three months, Mehbooba said that all such incidents would be probed.

“More than policing, the forces have to do parenting while dealing with children,” Mehbooba said. “You have to hand-hold the children,” she said.

Mehbooba said the police were an important link to create a conducive situation for dialogue in the state and the agenda of the BJP-PDP alliance would be impossible without the help of forces. “You have to help in owning the children who take to the streets and our agenda of alliance is impossible until the police, security forces and Army help in creating the (peaceful) situation,” she said.

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    Bipin Bhardwaj
    Oct 22, 2016 at 6:07 am
    Shame murdering children and unarmed civilians, using pellet guns to control people is a fascist excuse, those killing people must be punished for the crimes against humanity, in a democracy. Any excuse to violate peoples rights must be made punishable offence by the armed forces and the leaders of the ruling outfits. Time has come to abolish colonial fascist laws of 1860 enslaving and killing own people.
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    ganapathi
    Oct 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm
    responsible C.M .every word is gem and people of J.K.and police prsonnels should hear and follow.I am proud of her.i request the center that it is right time to whithdraw pellets and heal the wound of people. K,S,Ganabady soupramaniane,karaikal
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    l s
    Oct 22, 2016 at 1:18 am
    This C M is talking of banning pellet guns. What's her idea. Indirectly trying to support the stone throwers and the anti-nationals and terrorists. She should be removed immediately. India does not need traitors, in the guise of innocent citizens.
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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:12 am
    Want hi giri and give them Roses!?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Moron, LOL
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    Parth Garg
    Oct 22, 2016 at 6:21 am
    Mehbooba Mufti, if allowed, will meet the agitators with sweet drops instead of pellets. And BJP is partnering with her.
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    rddy
    Oct 22, 2016 at 5:39 am
    Will You guard us from these terrorists then??? can you tell me one country ,just one country where Muslims are living peace fully with other religions?? even with 100% Muslim potion , they kill each other saying Shia, Sunni,Ahamadiya,Sufi,Bohra, Alwait the list is too long .
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    Sheik Mohamed
    Oct 22, 2016 at 7:12 am
    Ms.Mufit should tender her resignation immediately as she failed to govern properly for which the people had given their mandate in her party's favor, it was she who said only in the recent past those protesters who had gone near the security agencies to register their protest are not gone their to fetch milk and shall have to face pellet gun shots. and now talking in a different tone and her inability two ensure return of normalcy even after ping of one hundred five days in Kashmir.
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    Ramakrishna Tumuluri
    Oct 22, 2016 at 6:06 am
    The CM must know that Pellets are used because she has failed to control Stone Throwers---Rifles are snatched--Soldiers are heckled and militants are helped bylt;br/gt;some even under aged groups---Pl as CM check them ----Kashmir does not belong to this generation only----it belongs first to the builders of Martand Temple---and not definitely the misguided present day agitators whose Pineal gland is calcified completely by Terrorist modules and modes
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