Using Pellet Guns After Abrogation of Article 35A Unconstitutional, Bhim Singh Says

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SRINAGAR: Panthers Party founder Prof Bhim Singh has regretted that the pellet bullets are being used by the security grid. He said he has written to the President demanding that the pellet guns should be banned.

The 'controversial' Pellet Gun

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“This is unfortunate, he wrote to the President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind today that the pellet bullets which were used earlier against children and civilians, stopped on the intervention of the President of India on the appeal of the Panthers Party are being used again by security forces against the children and other civilians protesting on the streets,” Singh said in a statement.

Singh, according to the statement has urged “the Human Rights Commission to ensure that no country in the world shall be allowed its security forces/police use the lethal weapon on the streets anywhere”. He expressed shock that the “Jammu and Kashmir, which is under President’s Rule has been using security forces with pellet guns which is against the very letter and spirit of the fundamental rights in the Constitution of India which today are applicable to the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir after the President of India withdrew Article 35-A which was continuing for nearly 70 years in J&K to provide brutal strength to the local government of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“He described the use of pellet guns in Kashmir as highly unconstitutional, against the spirit and letter of fundamental rights which are applicable to every citizen in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 35-A of the Constitution,” the statement quoting Singh said. He has appealed the President for his immediate intervention, on this account.

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