Very few people know that the pellet guns were first used in Kashmir in 2010 by Omar Abdullah Government.
In June 2010, there were massive protests against killings in the downtown area of Srinagar. Tear gas shells
were of no use. Police while trying to disperse the protesting youth fired bullets, which killed a seventeen-year-old Tufail Ahmad Mattoo, who was playing cricket in Gani Memorial Stadium. Several protest marches were organized across the Valley in response to the killing, which turned violent. Thereafter, a vicious circle was set, killing of a boy was followed by protest demonstrations and clashes with police and CRPF in which another boy was killed, which led to another protest by the boys till several youths lost their lives. Official figures
reveal around 110 people had lost their lives and 537 civilians were injured during stone-pelting incidents from May to September, 2010. Around 1,274 CRPF men and 2,747 police personnel were injured during the same period across the valley.