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Exploring alternatives to pellet guns: Home Ministry-constituted expert panel submits report

Last Week, The Panel Zeroed In On ‘PAVA Shells’, A Chilli-based Ammunition, Which Is Less Lethal And Immobilises The Target Temporarily.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Bindiya Bhatt | Updated on: 29 Aug 2016, 09:30:44 PM
A security personnel holds a pellet gun during Kashmir unrest (File Photo, Source: Getty)

New Delhi:

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday said that the expert committee formed to explore possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons has submitted its report. 

The expert panel was constituted by the Home Ministry to find an alternative to pellet guns for crowd control following uproar against its use in Kashmir. Last week, the panel zeroed in on ‘PAVA shells’, a chilli-based ammunition, which is less lethal and immobilises the target temporarily.

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The committee held a demonstration of the newly developed shells at a test field last week and gave it a thumbs up. The pellet guns have caused grievous injuries and large-scale blinding.

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The panel was formed after Home Minister Rajnath Singh last week announced that the government will look at other non-lethal alternatives as “we all feel sad” over the loss of lives and injuries in the valley.

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First Published : 29 Aug 2016, 08:22:00 PM