Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Javeed Ahmad Sunday decided to brave the odds by testing a new brand of taser gun on himself. In a video tweeted by the IPS Association, Ahmad is seen being held by his colleagues while the gun, being tested for its efficiency, is administered. He screeches a little as the person administering it instructs his colleagues to make him lie on the ground immediately. He is then asked to relax and is helped up by the colleagues after a few seconds.
An electroshock weapon, a taser gun fires dart-like electrodes at the target. These electrodes induce temporary immobility by incapacitating neuromuscular functions, that is the reflexes, of the body. The gun is helpful in nabbing criminals.
As he is brought up in the video, Ahmad is seen smiling and cleaning his spectacles, hardly affected by the gun.
The DGP recounted his experience immediately after. “Taare dikhte hain (I saw stars),” he told his colleagues who ended up laughing at the comment. The person who administered the gun then pointed out that he couldn’t have run or done anything during that time.
He also told Times of India in an interview that he had to volunteer in order to lead by example. “Everyone present in the room was as human as I was; so there was no point in asking somebody else to do it,” he said.
The IPS Association hailed Ahmad on Twitter. “Kudos to @Uppolice DGP @javeeddgpup for taking taser shot on himself during a demo. Taser a non lethal electroshock,” said its official twitter handle.
Taser guns would be helpful in nabbing criminals because of its incapacitating function.
(with inputs from agencies)