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Pellet guns still an option: govt.

Lethal weapon:  Policemen use pellet guns  during a protest  in   Srinagar .

Lethal weapon: Policemen use pellet guns during a protest in Srinagar .

The government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that pellet guns “may be” used by security forces in the Kashmir Valley to disperse “rioters” if other alternatives failed.

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.

“The committee has submitted its report, and the recommendations have been taken into account ... for appropriate implementation,” he said.

“...the government has decided that the security forces will resort to various measures such as PAVA-chilli [shells and grenades], Stun Lac [shells and grenades] and tear-smoke shells to disperse rioters. However, if these measures prove to be ineffective ... the use of pellet guns may be resorted to,” he said.

Mr. Ahir was answering a question whether the government was planning to take a re-look at the non-lethal weapons used by the security forces as scores of people lost their vision to pellet gun shots in the Valley.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to come up with alternatives to pellet guns used by security forces against agitators and stone-throwing mobs on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir.


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