A team of Concerned Citizens Collec­tive, an Indian human rights organisation, which visited Kashmir from Dec 12 to 16, said on Friday that the people of the Kashmir valley continued to suffer as they had been abandoned by their central and regional governments. In a statement, it said there was no proportionality of state res­po­nse as stone-pelting was met by bullets and pellet guns. “The high proportion of injuries on the face and above the waist demonstrate that there is official intention to shower hundreds of pellets on the agitated population, not to disperse but to kill or permanently disable it,” the statement said. This attitude of the governments, both regional and central, the team members said, was even more regrettable because a large number of the victims of bullet and pellet guns were children and many of them were so young that they could not have been part of any agitation. They observed that there was a sense of fear among minorities, liberals and the poor in parts of India beca­use of the same approach of the central government to its working people.

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