August 2016 News

As Death Toll Climbs To 65, CRPF Admits To Have Fired 3,000 Pellet Cartridges On Violent Mob

18 August 2016

Srinagar: Blood bath continued on the 41st day of unrest when a young lecturer was allegedly beaten to death by security forces at Khrew in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, even as the CRPF told the court that they have fired '3000' pellet cartridges from July 9 to August 11 to control violent mobs. Family sources said Shabir Ahmad was picked up by the forces along with other youth when they barged into their houses at Shaar Saali village in Pampore on Wednesday night. Locals said they were allegedly beaten in the custody resulting in the death of Shabir. Several other people were injured who have been referred to the hospital. In a related development, CRPF has told the Jammu and Kashmir high court that the pellet guns were introduced in 2010 and were an accepted weapon of 'riot control.' In an affidavit filed in the J&K high court In response to a Public Interest Litigation seeking ban on the pellets, the CRPF said in case this is withdrawn they would have no recourse in extreme situations, but to open fire with rifles which may cause more fatalities CRPF noted that since July 9 to August 11, it has fired over '3000' pellet cartridges (1.6 million pellets) each containing 450 metallic balls. '3765 cartridges of 9 numbers have been fired from the pump action guns. CRPF also disclosed that it has used 14 types of 'less lethal and non-lethal' munitions to control crowds during the ongoing protests in the Valley, which include Oleoresin grenades, pepper balls, stun grenades and electric shells. CRPF has used 8650 tear smoke shells during the protests from July 8 to August 11.The CRPF also told the court that 2671 plastic pellets have been used.