Govt to conduct 3-day special training for use of less lethal weapons in Kashmir

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Srinagar

The government of India had constituted an Expert Committee on 26 07 2016 to explore other possible alternatives to Pellet Guns as non-lethal weapons. The Committee has submitted its report and the recommendations have been taken into account by the Government for appropriate implementation, a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) said.

The statement said 3-days special training for use of less lethal weapons/ ammunition is conducted in which theory/ practical on riot drill, weapons/ equipment, law & order in J&K, firing practice with less lethal weapon/ equipment are imparted.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been adopted by Jammu and Kashmir Police including law enforcing agencies for dispersal of unlawful assembly and as per the SOP, less lethal weapons should be used as per the established use-of-force policy. The use of force is guided by objectives of restoring peace, dispersal of violent unlawful assembly with use of such force as is required to minimize the casualty but without compromising safety for Law Enforcement Elements and peace-loving citizens. The hierarchy of usage of forces inter-alia includes the use of rubber bullet/ plastic bullets.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today.

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