Jammu and Kashmir High Court on July 23 said the state government should discontinue use of pellet guns for crowd control during law and order situation in view of the statement made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament.
Post the encounter of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, the recent unrest in Kashmir has brought into focus the lethal effects of the non-lethal pellet guns. These guns are used by the CRPF jawans against the revolting, stone-pelting mass. However, the outcomes of the usage of these guns is far from harmless.
Here is all you need to know about the usage of pellet guns:
- Pellet guns are a form of non-lethal crowd control methods which are used by police and military worldwide. These are also popular in hunting and pest control.
- Pellets guns, effective over short ranges up to 500 yards, are intended to injure individuals and cause pain.
- Pellet gun comprises few hundred pellets made of Lead. These pellets can be of various shapes either like ball bearings or irregular.
- Manufactured at the Ordinance Factory, Ishapore, the pellet guns are used by Jammu & Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).