Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers' Party (NPP) chief Prof Bhim Singh today asked the government to stop using pellet guns against people of Kashmir or "else be ready to face trial for human rights violation."
"A meeting of the State Legal Aid Committee (SLAC) headed by Prof Bhim Singh, a Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India chairing State Legal Aid Committee was held this morning at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to work out an appropriate and affective measures to save the children of India who have been facing pellets (lead bullets) in Kashmir for the pleasure of the rulers of J&K," a spokesman of the NPP, said in a statement.
"The meeting took a hard decision to move the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi, against the brutal, barbaric and inhuman use of pellet guns against the children of India in J&K. It is one of the greatest tragedies of the time that BJP became a ruling partner with PDP who have been ruling the state for the past over two years," the spokesman quoted Bhim Singh as having said addressing over 50 lawyers, members of the State Legal Aid Committee hailing from different states.
"The meeting decided that a human right protection campaign shall be undertaken by the State Legal Aid Committee to mobilize the national opinion of the human activists and politicians as well as the intellectuals against the barbaric use of pellet guns against the children in Kashmir which is rightly called as crown of India and where Mahatma Gandhi felt the ray of hope and saw the lights of the day in the forties during the freedom struggle of India against the British kingdom," the spokesman said
"The use of pellet guns shall be declared as inhuman, criminal, unrecognized in the chapter of human rights and unacceptable in the Indian democracy which is supposed to extend to the State of J&K. More than 50 youth including males and females and children have been hit by the pellet bullets for the pleasure of the rulers of J&K which include BJP and PDP. During 100 years of Dogra rule, the bullets were not allowed to be used against the people," Bhim Singh said.
"It was only in 1931 that some people were killed. The then Maharaja of J&K, Hari Singh invited a British Commissioner to hold inquiry and all the guilty policemen were punished. This was one instance in 1931 during 100 years of Dogra rule. How many innocent persons have been killed by the so-called democratic government in J&K who claim to be Indian where the rule of law of the Constitution of India does not reach," he said.