AMID STRONG criticism of the use of pellet guns by the CRPF for crowd control in Kashmir, a seven-member expert team headed by a Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry was constituted Tuesday to explore possible alternatives to the use of pellet guns.
Headed by Joint Secretary (Police Modernisation) T V S N Prasad, the committee comprises Atul Karwal, IG, CRPF, Srinagar; Rajeev Krishna, IG, BSF; Rajesh Kumar of J&K Police; Tushar Tripathy of Indian Ordnance Factory Board; Manjit Singh of Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh; and Naresh Bhatnagar of IIT, Delhi.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said the committee would submit its report in two months.
In the fortnight since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, CRPF personnel have fired as many as 2,102 pellet cartridges in the Valley to disperse protesters.
The Indian Express had reported that over 50 per cent of the 317 people, who sustained pellet injuries, have been hit in the eye.