Pellets ‘only solution’ to end stone pelting?

Pellets ‘only solution’ to end stone pelting?
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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Apr 10: A top officer of the Central Reserve Police Force has made it clear that pellets would keep on flying in Kashmir till the stone-pelting continues.
Additional Director General of CRPF for J&K zone, V S K Kaumudi told reporters in Srinagar that the best alternative to the use of pellet shotguns is for people of Kashmir to realize that it is risky to protest and attack government forces with stones. “Stone pelting at the encounter sites would obviously result in loss of life and use of pellet guns,” he said.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Assertion of the top CRPF official has made it clear that there is no possibility about pellet guns being replaced in the near future.”
He said, “It looks like that all the channels to reconcile with the situation have been blocked. It is stones versus pellets. The CRPF officer has made it clear that there is no other way through which protesters could be handled.”
The analyst said that another point which the CRPF officer has made clear is that if protesters keep on assembling near the encounter sites they would have to face the bullets and pellets.
“Stone pelting at the encounter sites would obviously result in loss of life and use of pellet guns,” the CRPF officer said.
A Kashmir watcher said that the statements of the people at top are clear indication of the fact that they have got the orders from the top to act tough against the protesters and don’t allow people to assemble at one place. “It looks like that battle lines are drawn and no side is ready to budge an inch from its stand,” he added.
A politician said, “New Delhi’s Kashmir policy is crystal clear that it won’t tolerate dissent and anyone who brandishes gun or indulges in stone pelting would be dealt with sternly. Since the day Army Chief Bipin Rawat has stated that people assembling near the encounter sites won’t be spared forces have been operating at will at these sites.”
He said, “The Government of India needs to show some flexibility vis-à-vis dealing with the Kashmir situation. The people sitting in New Delhi cannot ignore the political aspects of the Kashmir problem. Bloodshed and killings have to stop for situation to improve. A beginning has to be made by involving the stakeholders into the process. If Delhi keeps on ignoring the stakeholders it means that there is no light at the end of the tunnel.”
It’s in place to mention here that more than 200 youth were injured and majority of them sustained pellet injuries in the recent protests at the encounter sites in south Kashmir. As per hospital records, 41 youth were hit by pellets in their eyes.

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