Hurriyat Conference (M) Tuesday officially filed a writ petition in the High Court asking government to put a ban on the use of pellet guns and other lethal weapons which have caused injuries and deaths to Kashmiri people.
The head of Hurriyat (M) legal cell, Abdul Manan Bukhari along with lawyers filed the case under the PIL number OWP 12/2013 in the High Court for hearing over the petition.
The PIL has called for immediate ban on the use of pellet gun and other lethal weapons and demanded punishment for the policemen who were using these weapons. The litigation also demanded compensation for the victims who have died or have got injured due to these weapons.
The case was filed by the legal cell following the instructions of Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Farooq to do so in this regard.
17 year old Mudasir Nazeer became the first victim of pellet gun after he was shot in his abdomen by the troops at Sopore on August 19, 2010. The State Human Rights Commission and health experts have also termed the use of pellet gun and other non lethal weapons as dangerous for human lives.
Pertinently Hurriyat M has filed the petition in wake of the recent pellet incident (during the celebrations of death anniversary of late Molvi Farooq) in which a boy, Suhail, 20 was shot with a pellet gun.