Government to set up panel to find out alternative for pellet guns

Rajnath Singh told Loksabha that government will appoint a committee to suggest alternative for pellet guns

Government to set up panel to find out alternative for  pellet guns

Home minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government will appoint a panel to find out alternative to pellet guns which are used by the security forces to control mobs in Kashmir. He was making a statement on Kashmir in the Loksabha.

He said the committee will  submit report in two months.

Security forces's indiscriminate firing of pellet guns against mobs in Kashmir has been criticised by activists across the globe.

These guns, categorised as non-lethal, were used in 2010 as well when it had killed six persons and caused eye injuries to 98 with five suffering complete blindness, he said, rejecting criticism that security forces used them indiscriminately.

The minister denied the allegation that the forces in Kashmir has been harsh against protesting masses. But minister added that there could be some aberrations

45 people have died in recent protest against the killing of the militant Burhan Wani.

He also rejected apprehensions of some members that terrorism was on rise in the valley as he reeled out figures to suggest that it had gone down with the security forces eliminating more militants.

Home minister blamed Pakistan for  the all the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir. "There can be no denying the fact that our neighbour (Pakistan) is singularly responsible for the present deterioration of the situation in the state" Rajnath Singh told the Loksabha.

Terrorism that India is witnessing today is "Pakistan sponsored", he said adding, that it was "created in the name of religion".

"However, Pakistan has failed to keep itself united," he said.

ingh also said the NDA government at the Centre is pursuing Vajpayee's roadmap of "Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat and Insaniyat (Kashmiri spirit, democracy and humanity)" towards Kashmir but at the same time there is no room for "inhumanity and violence".

The Home Minister maintained that the central government alone cannot bring peace in the trouble-torn state and sought support from all quarters.

He also named Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin - Pakistan-based terror heads - for fuelling tension in Jammu and Kashmir following the July 8 killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani.