Govt yet to compensate 1725 pellet victims

The government is yet to compensate 1725 persons injured by pellets during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, according to an official report.
Govt yet to compensate 1725 pellet victims
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The government is yet to compensate 1725 persons injured by pellets during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, according to an official report.

In a report submitted to the state human rights commission, the administrators of at least eight Kashmir districts have revealed that none of the victims of pellets fired by government forces last year has been compensated so far.

In January this year, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced that compensation will be provided to civilians killed or injured during the 2016 uprising triggered by the killing of popular HizbulMujahideen commander BurhanMuzzafarWani. But, as per the information furnished by deputy commissioners of eight districts, none of the pellet injured victims has been compensated by the government.

In Sopore, where 440 people have been injured by government forces, none has been compensated. The situation is same in Baramulla district where 244 injured are awaiting the compensation.

The figures of persons injured and awaiting compensation in areas of Baramulla, according to a report submitted by the concerned deputy commissioner, are: Sheeri (155), Dangiwacha (99), Rohama (47), Pattan (131), Kreeri (107), Tangmarg (6), and Kunzer (23).

The commission had sought the report from deputy commissioners after taking suo-motocognisance of a news report on persons who have suffered eye injuries during the 2016 uprising.

The district-wise figures of persons injured but yet to be compensated are: Kupwara (48), Ganderbal (137), Srinagar (27), Kulgam (154) and Shopian and Pulwama districts (108).

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