As a Valley youth continue to battle for his life after being hit by a burst of pellets, hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday said "so called non-lethal weapons are killing youths of Kashmir".
"Though the experts have warned of lethal capabilities of pellet guns, the security forces do not hesitate from using it. The attack on Suhail Khan with pellets is highly condemnable," said hard-line Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
A 20-year-old resident of Soura, Khan was critically injured on May 21 when security forces allegedly open a burst of pellets from a close range. There were clashes between security forces and protesters when Khan was hit by a volley of pellets.
The victim, who has been on a ventilator, is showing some signs of recovery. "He is stable now," said director of Srinagar's SKIMS hospital Dr Showkat Zargar.
Khan, however, continues to be under observation inside the Intensive Care Unit. "There might be some pellets still lodged in his body," said a doctor on the condition of anonymity.
Khan took several pellets on his body, which happens only if it was fired from a close range.
Senior superintendent of police, Srinagar, Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari said, "The youth received minor pellet injuries when he attacked a bunker on Tuesday evening."