India outraged as pellet guns injure 4 cows in Kashmir

Jul 26th, 2016 | By | Category: New

injuredProtests broke out in many parts of India after at least four cows were injured as police and paramilitary forces used pellet guns on a crowd in south Kashmir killing one man and injuring ten others.

The four cows injured in the incident had reportedly appeared at the incident site at the last moment.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh clarified that the cows had been hit inadvertently and were not the intended target.

“The state government and the DG police have told me that they take a lot of care not to hurt cows or even stray dogs while firing pellet guns on Kaaashmiri anti-national protesters,” Singh said in the parliament today in an attempt to douse the tempers.

The opposition members trooped into the well of House while Singh was making the statement.

“The government pledges to investigate the lapses in this case, and we have shifted the cows to Army Hospital for the best treatment available in the world,” he added.

Singh said the state government has already ordered a time-bound judicial inquiry into the incident.

However, outraged protestors took to roads in many parts of the country including New Delhi demanding an imposition of presidential rule in the restive J&K state.

The irate protesters burnt effigies of J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and shouted slogans against J&K Police despite reports that the paramilitary CRPF was responsible for the pellet firing that injured the bovines.

Rashtra Prakash, head of the Gau-Raksha Vibhag (Cow protection department) said their group has vowed to avenge the ‘brutal treatment’ meted out to the cows in Kashmir and would soon unleash their squads to take revenge.

The rightwing Vishwa Hindu Parishad while expressing its displeasure into the incident has demanded action against the owners of these cows for letting them roam close to danger.

“We have been daily hearing of Kashmiris getting hit by pellets, but it was beyond our imagination that cows would also meet the similar fate. We fear one of the cows might lose eyesight forever,” VHP international working president Pravin Togadia told media. “We appeal the Home Minister to sensitise security forces in Kashmir to differentiate between cows and people.”

Owing to the outrage, some people are now even demanding a ban on pellet guns.

“These pellet guns can injure cows too, so there is a dire need to go for alternatives,” Subramanian Swamy said. “The government should use some other precise weapon against anti-national people in Kashmir, that doesn’t hurt the innocent cows.”

Officials said they were clueless as to how the cows were hit.

The incident occurred Saturday, as paramilitary CRPF and police reportedly fired on a group of residents who some say were protesting while as others claimed people had assembled to get ration from a shop during curfew.

Meanwhile, a CRPF spokesman in New Delhi said that their men were not responsible for firing pellets upon cows.

Union minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi told Dapaan that she had already sought a ban on pellet guns as the weapon had been found to injure stray dogs in Kashmir in the past.

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