Banned pepper gas being used by police, paramilitary in IHK
Srinagar, February 21, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, many people, mostly elderly, have fallen ill after police and paramilitary forces used pepper gas to quell protests in Srinagar against the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru.
As curfew was lifted from Srinagar, scores of residents from different localities came forward complaining about health complications.
Ghulam Mohammad Mir, 70, an asthma patient, was hospitalised when a pepper gas canister burst near the window of his house at Saraf Kadal. “He was unable to breathe properly. His condition worsened, we thought he might die. We immediately rushed him to the hospital,” Mir’s son Aftab Ahmed told newsmen.
In Saraf Kadal again, another man, Ghulam Mohammad Sofi, 55, was also hospitalised when police fired a pepper gas canister near his shop. “Blood oozed out from my mouth and I collapsed. When I woke up, I found myself in the nearby Ghousia Hospital. Since then, whenever there is a protest, I prefer to stay at home,” Sofi told Kashmir Reader.
Despite directives from the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of occupied Kashmir not to use pepper guns, Indian police and paramilitary troopers continue to use them during anti-India protests.
“My son was incessantly coughing in his room while he was busy with his homework. He was unable to call us, and if I would not have checked on him, he would have coughed to death,” said Riyaz Mohi-ud-Din, father of 11-year old Momin of Rajouri Kadal.
“I had to put my daughter on cough syrup because she was unable to control her coughing due to pepper gas. They simply don’t give a damn about the people,” said Mahjabeen, mother of 6-year-old Sudafa.
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