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Rajnath Singh approves use of chilli-based shells for crowd control
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday approved the use of chilli-based PAVA shells for crowd control measures in the Valley ahead of his visit to Kashmir for the all-party delegation meet, said PTI quoting official sources. The Home Minister cleared the file for use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) also called Nonivamide as an alternative to the pellet guns, official sources said.
They said as many as 1000 shells would be reaching the Kashmir Valley tomorrow.
PAVA shells are non-lethal, which temporarily incapacitates the target and paralyses them for a few minutes. The shells actually contains an organic compound found in chillis.
Kashmir: Left parties call for reversing erosion of Article 370
The CPI (M) and the CPI on Saturday asked the government to start an internal dialogue with all the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of reversing the erosion of Article 370.
“The three regions of the state, Jammu, the valley and Ladakh, should have autonomous structures within the State of Jammu & Kashmir. This will entail changes in the constitutional and legal scheme which can begin by revising the existing orders and laws. Ultimately, a fresh political framework should emerge,” they said in a statement today.