Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday castigated the police for 'constantly using lethal weapons against peaceful protestors in the state.'
In a statement, Geelani said people across the world come on roads to express anger and register their protest. "But the law enforcing agencies nowhere use the lethal and deadly weapons against their own people," he added.
"The state of Jammu and Kashmir is the only police state in the world where the forces have no accountability," he said.
He expressed sorrow over grievous injuries to a 12-year-old student here when a tear-gas shell went off in his hands.
The boy, Muhammad Iqbal Qudoosi, an orphan from Rainawari's Khar Mohalla, had picked up the unexploded shell near Nowhatta and it went off in his right hand. He was rushed to hospital where his right hand was amputated.
Geelani said, "the amputation of a hand of the little boy has personally hurt me. I demand complete ban on the use of deadly weapons against the common people."
"Due to huge forces presence, Kashmir is standing over heap of explosives and many people have lost their lives due to accidental explosions and others have been rendered disabled for life. I appeal UNICEF to fulfill its responsibilities in protection of the innocent children in Jammu and Kashmir and pressurize India to stop the use of deadly weapons in this territory," he said.