US rights group accuses India of using ‘excessive’ force in Kashmir

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Mohammad Amir Mir was by pellets in Prichoo area of Pulwama on August 24, 2016. He died in SMHS Hospital Srinagar. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Mohammad Amir Mir was by pellets in Prichoo area of Pulwama on August 24, 2016. He died in SMHS Hospital Srinagar. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Accusing Indian security forces of “excessive and indiscriminate” use of force against protesters in Kashmir, a US-based health rights group has described the excessive and indiscriminate use of force against protesters by Indian state police and Central Reserve Police Force with weapons misleadingly represented as “less than lethal”.

In its report, that was released yesterday, it said, “While Indian authorities claimed that the use of these weapons was meant to reduce the potential for injuries or fatalities, PHR researchers found that their use had in fact, caused serious injury and deaths.”

Besides, the report accused forces of using “intimidation tactics” against medical workers attempting to treat the injured.

PHR called on the Indian government to demonstrate its respect for the rights of all citizens by prohibiting weapons for crowd control that are indiscriminate and cause excessive injury, death, namely the 12-gauge shotgun loaded with No9 shot and provide adequate equipment and training to police forces to minimise injuries and deaths caused by police action.

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