The official count from Indian authorities is that 36 people have been injured by pellet guns since August 5th when the siege & blockade began. Because of the report by an Indian TV news reporter who spoke to hospital staff in Kashmir, that figure cannot be trusted & is probably a gross underestimate. The Indian journalist was told by hospital staff that they were forced to turn away pellet injury victims, regardless of how serious the injuries (& they are never not serious) so that Indian authorities could keep the injury & death statistics low. People can’t even bury their dead because Indian authorities refuse to sign death certificates.

One of our chief demands is that India immediately cease the use of pellet guns in Kashmir. We would add ‘against the use of pellet guns on unarmed protesters’, but we know the Indian Army is shooting pellet guns indiscriminately, including at those just stepping out their front door.