Fatalities May Rise If Pellet Guns Are Banned: Paramilitary Tells High Court

SRINAGAR:  The Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF has informed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that if pellet guns are banned as a crowd control measure, its personnel will be forced to fire bullets in extreme situations, which can cause more fatalities.
“In case, this (pellet gun) is withdrawn from the options available with the CRPF, CRPF personnel would have no recourse in extreme situations but to open fire with rifles, which may cause more fatalities,” the CRPF said in an affidavit submitted to the High Court on Wednesday.

“But the situation prevailing on the streets during an ongoing law and order incident is dynamic and mobile. In such a situation, sometimes it is difficult to go in for precise aimed fire at a moving, bending and running target,” it said.

The CRPF said it has fired around 3,500 pellet cartridges from July 9 to August 11 during violence by protesters in the Valley.

The PIL was filed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on July 30.

While the CRPF and BSF have submitted their replies, the state government has not filed its response so far. The case is listed for hearing tomorrow again.

 

Source – Online media reports

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