Security forces working on ‘secret weapon’ to replace pallet guns in valley: Govt to SC
The Central government on Monday told the Supreme Court that they were actively working on to develop an alternate of pallet guns, which was actively used by the security forces in Kashmir valley last year to disperse mob.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, while representing the central government, told the apex court “Security forces are working on a secret weapon to disperse crowds."
Rohtagi informed the court that in the past they have had experimented with Skunk water, laser dazzlers and high intensity noise devices to disperse the agitating crowd.
“None of the measures were successful in dispersing the mob” Rohatgi informed the apex court.
The apex court was also informed that security forces were also exploring the option of using rubber bullets instead of pellet guns.
"A rubber bullet not as lethal as pellet gun, but it'll be used only as a last resort," Rohatgi said, according to news agency ANI.
The apex court was hearing a petition filed by J&K bar association against the use pallet guns, which was used heavily by the security forces in the valley during the unrest following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani.
The SC, last month, asked if other crowd-dispersal methods could replace use of pallet gun.