Response of CRPF
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that it used 1.3 million pellets in 32 days in Kashmir to control street protests.
In response to a public interest litigation seeking a ban on pellet guns that has left more than 400 injured in their eyes, the CRPF in its affidavit admitted that “it was difficult to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) given the nature of the protests.”
Need of Pellet Guns
Pellet guns were introduced in 2010 as an accepted weapon of riot control.In case this (pellet shotgun) is withdrawn, the CRPF would have no recourse in extreme situations but to open fire with rifles, which may cause more fatalities.
The CRPF said it has used 14 types of “less lethal and non-lethal” munitions to control crowds, including oleoresin grenades, pepper balls, stun grenades and electric shells.The CRPF, while admitting that the weapon should be aimed below the waist, argued that “the situation prevailing on the streets during the ongoing law and order incident is uncontrollable.”