SRINAGAR (Web Desk) – Amid widespread criticism for its use of pellet guns on Kashmiri protestors, the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has claimed that use of pellets was the “least-lethal” option available with the force, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Director General of Central Reserve Police Force K Durga Prasad expressed regret for injuries caused to youths due to firing of pellet guns in the Valley but justified the action carried out by the Indian forces.
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“We feel very sorry for them as youngsters have to bear injuries due to the firing of pellet guns. We ourselves are trying to use it in bare minimum so that there are less injuries. But we use them under the extreme situation when crowd control fails by other means,” he said replying a volley of questions on use of pellet guns in the Indian held Kashmir.
A large number of youths have been injured in the last fortnight when CRPF personnel used pellet guns to disperse protesters in the wake of killing of Burhan Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen.