Finally, Indian Army and Media admit of using lethal pellets gun and here what it has to say.
The death in Kashmir, since the time protests began in the Valley, has increased to 69. Over 10,000 others have been injured. The use of pellet guns to disperse rioters in the curfew-bound Valley has gotten indian government into a soup,says India Today.
Guns used in Kashmir that use rubber pellets, that look like ball bearings, are usually referred to as pellet guns. Rubber pellets which are not very harmful otherwise turn fatal when fired with pump-action guns. In just one shot, numerous pellets can damage multiple organs of victims, all at once. They were also used to quell Indian unrests during 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well.
The use of pellet guns can cause permanent blindness and is not in line with the international standards on the use of force. Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of how dangerous the use of pellets gun could be.
An alternative suggested to the currently used pellet guns is PAVA Shells. It is non-lethal and can immobilise the target without serious injuries.
The name PAVA stands for Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide, also called Nonivamide, an organic compound found characteristically found in chilli pepper. Bhut jolokia would be used in making these shells because it is the world’s hottest chilli pepper.
Needless to mention that it still only a proposal and not been accepted by Indian decision makers to counter current indigenous Kashmir uprising.