9042 suffered pellet, other injuries from Jul 16 to Feb 17


JAMMU: A total of 9042 persons were injured by bullets, pellets, pava shells and others from July 8, 2016 to February 27, 2017 while 51 were killed during this period.
Out of them, 6221 were injured in pellet gun firing between July 2016 to February 2017 and 5197 injured were treated at district hospitals, the government informed the House.
In a written reply to a question of CPI-M MLA M Y Tarigami in the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti informed that 1084 people suffered pellet injuries in Baramulla district, followed by 1041 in Pulwama, 1031 in Kulgam, 888 in Kupwara, 873 in Anantnag, 808 in Shopian, 183 in Bandipore, 167 in Budgam, 110 in Srinagar and 36 in Ganderbal district.
Out of 9042 injured, 6221 sustained injuries due to pellets, 368 due to bullets 4 due to pava shells while 2449 suffered other injuries.
782 people suffered eye injuries, of which 510 were treated at District hospital adding that 5197 injured were treated at District hospitals, Mufti said.
On being asked for the reason for not banning the use of pellets as recommended by Civil Society and Human Rights Groups, the government said that the pellet guns are used sparingly, when all other means and methods of controlling the agitating mobs fail.
“The pellets are fired, as and when required, below waistlines so as to cause minimum damage to the members of agitating mob and violent protestors. The pellet guns are not used against any peaceful protestors.” the government said.