Published On : Sat, Sep 3rd, 2016

Rajnath approves use of chilli-based PAVA shells for crowd control in Kashmir

Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi/Nagpur: Amid debate over alternative to pellet guns, according official source, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved use of chilli-based PAVA shells for crowd controlling ahead of his visit to Kashmir.

A seven-member panel involving officers from home ministry, BSF, CRPF, J&K Police, IIT-Delhi and Ordnance Factory Board had suggested their use for control crowd.

These shells have been developed by the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, a laboratory in Lucknow under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

The expert panel reportedly held a demonstration of PAVA shells at a test field belonging to CISF in the NCR some weeks ago.
Home minister Rajnath Singh later indicated that an alternative to pellet guns would be found in the coming days.

“In 2010, it was said pellet gun is a non-lethal weapon which can cause least damage but now we feel there should be some alternate to this,” he said.