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Consider alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir: SC

Consider alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir: SC”

The apex court also asked Union of India to file a reply in this regard within April 10. When the bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul made the life and death remark, Rohatgi retorted, saying, "What life and death, it has happened to us (security forces) also".

Terming the issue as a very important one, the bench had asked both governments should sit together and take a stand on it.

The Supreme Court recently asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to decide whether Muslims in the state can be treated as the minority.

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It also cited the cases of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab and Lakshadweep where minority as declared by the NCM was in majority.

"We are trying to understand our indulgence in the matter which cannot be considered as an interference but we are putting in the points where both parties can be protected as far as possible", a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.

The court was hearing an appeal filed by Jammu and Kashmir high court bar association against the high court order seeking stay on the use of pellet guns as a large number of people had been killed or injured due to its use.

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Sharma in his plea also alleged t hat the rights of religious and linguistic minorities of the state were syphoned off illegally and arbitrarily due to the extension of benefits to unqualified sections of the population. By not forming the Commission, petition claimed that the State Government violated Article 29 (protection of interests of minorities) and Article 30 (right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions) of the Constitution.

It has been settled that the identification of minority communities has to be decided as per the population data of the region in question, the petitioner had said. Sharma in his PIL has alleged that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in a majority in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We are of an impression that there are other methods that can be adopted", the court added.

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In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the government constituted a committee of experts on July 26, 2016 to consider non-lethal alternatives to pellet guns.



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