Pellet guns are not likely to be banned, but will be used only in the rarest of rare cases, said Joint Secretary in Home Ministry TVSN Prasad, who heads a seven-member expert committee. The panel submitted its report on August 30.
The expert panel also proposed Standard Operating Procedures for preparing these non-lethal weapons. “In the coming few days, we will give an alternative to the pellet guns,” Prasad added.
It may be recalled that a committee was set up to find options for pellet guns after several people in J&K were blinded by pellet guns. Some of the options suggested included chilli-filled grenades, Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide also called Nonivamide, and Long Range Acoustic Devices that create a deafening noise.
Senior government officials after detailed discussions with security forces and examining ground realities, said the pellet guns will be fired only in the rarest of rare cases.
At the same time, shutdown call by separatist continued in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on August 30 despite the authorities relaxing curfew in the Valley. Limitations under Section 144 CrPc will continue in a bid to maintain law and order, said the police.
The separatists have extended their shutdown call up to September 1 asking people not to resume normal activities.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to the Valley on September 4. The delegation, which does not plan to meet the separatists, will interact with locals aiming to stop the unrest.