Use of pepper guns pesters residents

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar , Dec 4: Despite directive of the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission not to use pepper guns, police and paramilitary forces allegedly used the guns against the people in curfew bound areas of old City in the past few days, reports and witnesses said.
 Residents of the curfew bound areas like Hawal, Alamgari Bazar, Nowhatta, Shazgari Pora, Sheshbagh accused the CRPF and police of firing pepper gas shells without any provocation, a charge denied by the state police.
 “Our life has become a hell due to the curfew coupled with pepper shelling by security forces in lanes and bylanes of the area. The intoxicants enter the houses which make breathing and living unbearable,” said Dr Aijaz Hussainee, a resident of Alamgari Bazar, under curfew for last seven days.
 Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Sheeshbagh told Greater Kashmir over phone that: “First the government caged us into our houses and then their forces are bombarding us with pepper gas shells that create allergic reactions and cause continuous coughing.”
 Ahmad said: “Our wards are not even been allowed to appear in examination because of curfews.”
 To mention, the SHRC had asked the state government to refrain from using excessive pepper gas (pepper grenades) for crowd dispersal, saying other methods of controlling law and order need to be explored.
 “Authorities are impressed to restrain to use excessive pepper gas on human beings. Other methods are available with the law and order authorities to maintain peace in the area. Those methods are needed to be explored,” Commission member Rafiq Fida had said in his decision.
 The Commission had added that the methods used for dispersing protest demonstrations shouldn’t put the health of people, who are not part of mob, in danger.
 Police however denied the charges. “We have not used any pepper gas shells in the area and these are baseless allegations,” said a police official wishing not to be named.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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