After the summer 2016 uprising witnessed massive use of pellet guns by government forces resulting in injuries to thousands of protesters, the controversial pellet guns are being fitted with deflectors to avoid casualties and injuries to vital organs, especially eyes, reports The Tribune.
With many youth blinded by the pellets, government forces faced huge criticism across board over the use of pellet guns. There was a demand for a blanket ban on the guns as even deaths were reported due to the pellets during the five-month uprising following the death of militant commander Burhan Wani.
As quoted by the newspaper, Inspector General, CRPF, Ravideep Singh Sahi said the force had begun installing deflectors on pellet guns and the technology would ensure that vital organs were not hit during any law and order problem.
“We have been always ensuring that vital organs are not targeted… These deflectors will further ensure that only the lower part of the body is hit,” Sahi said.
According to rough estimates, around 700-800 pellets guns have to be fitted with deflectors.