The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) fired around 3,765 cartridges, each containing
450 metallic balls, between 9 July and 11 August – amounting to the discharge of almost 1.7
million pellets in total, despite widespread criticism.
The admission comes in response to a public interest lawsuit in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking a ban on the weapons.
Pellet guns have injured more than 400 people in the valley, with many people suffering irreversible damage to their eyes.
At the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, 106 surgeries were performed in which five people lost one eye completely.
Demonstrations broke out in the Indian-held Kashmir since killing of popular separatist figure Burhan Wani in July.