Kashmir: If not pellet guns, will be forced to fire bullets in extreme situations, says CRPF to HC

The force said pellet guns were introduced in 2010 and were an accepted weapon of riot control.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: August 19, 2016 6:40 pm
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The CRPF has informed Jammu and Kashmir High Court that if pellet guns are banned as a crowd control measure, its personnel will be forced to fire bullets in extreme situations, which can cause more fatalities.

“In case, this (pellet gun) is withdrawn from the options available with the CRPF, CRPF personnel would have no recourse in extreme situations but to open fire with rifles, which may cause more fatalities,” the CRPF said in an affidavit submitted to the High Court on Wednesday.

The paramilitary force submitted the affidavit in response to a PIL filed before the court, seeking ban on use of pellet guns as a means for crowd control mechanism in the Valley, which has been rocked by violent protests since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

The force said pellet guns were introduced in 2010 and were an accepted weapon of riot control. It said that following the standard operating procedures while dealing with a dynamic law and order problem is difficult in case of moving, bending and running target.

Also read: Over 3,000 pellet cartridges fired, hard to follow SOPs: CRPF to J&K High Court



The SOP regarding use of firearms for crowd control in extreme situations requires that the weapon be aimed below the waist. “But the situation prevailing on the streets during an ongoing law and order incident is dynamic and mobile.

Read more: People lost faith in judiciary, we want to withdraw PIL on pellet guns: J&K Bar

“In such a situation, sometimes it is difficult to go in for precise aimed fire at a moving, bending and running target,” it said. The CRPF said it has fired around 3,500 pellet cartridges from July 9 to August 11 during violence by protesters in the Valley.

The PIL was filed by Kashmir High Court Bar Association on July 30. While the CRPF and BSF have submitted their replies, the state government has not filed its response so far. The case is listed for hearing tomorrow again.

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  1. S
    Aug 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm
    Unfortunately most of Indians do not shed a single tear on death of kashmiri youth. The expelling of pandits, taking support of stan, killing of security personnel and asking separate state, all has alienated them.
    1. S
      Aug 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm
      No one likes Muslims anywhere. Just wait before you are banned from all cointries. Why are all terrorists Sunni Muslims?
      1. C
        Chandu Shah
        Aug 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm
        What these morons are saying on a play card is this: stop pellet guns start live rounds. That is the only language they will understand.
        1. V
          Aug 19, 2016 at 11:52 am
          The intention of India is to maim the entire polulation of Kashmir rather than crowd control. That way they can sustain the occupation of Kashmir to save some stupid Pandits. Perversion in different forms.
          1. V
            Aug 19, 2016 at 11:49 am
            If not bullets we will be forced to use missiles!
            1. K
              Aug 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm
              Anyone who attacks the security forces with stones or guns deserve to be punished. If they don't want pellets, and want bullets, please fulfill their desire. Kashmir was and is, and will always be integral part of India. If you don't want to live here, go to stan.
              1. M
                Aug 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
                Send these corrupt judges to front and let them come out with a mechanism to control these rascals and terrorists hiding behind their backs...When is Judiciary in other part of the world decide what to use or what not to use in a terrorist effected states or nation...Judiciary reforms is MUST to end this over-reach and corrupt clueless judiciary...
                1. N
                  Neelam Kumari
                  Aug 19, 2016 at 10:30 am
                  Don't throw stone on them, Security forces will not fire...!! Simple
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