Police procures special plastic bullets, triple action grenades
Jammu, Feb 10: Jammu and Kashmir Police have geared up to handle possible turmoil during next summer in Kashmir as it has procured special plastic bullets and triple action grenades to deal with the mobs.
The bullets, manufactured by Government Ordinance Factory and developed by Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), could be fitted in the SLR magazine to quell the stone pelting youth without ‘fatal’ injury.
“Our aim is to avoid civilian death and collateral damage during the confrontation between cops and people as happened during last year. We want that police should not over react to the situation”, said DGP Kuldeep Khoda during an interview with a local Cable Channel Take One.
Khoda said it has been experienced during the movement of the VIPs that cops had to sometimes fire live bullets to save themselves from the mob, which results in death of civilians, “More so even during agitation they at times are left with no option but to use live bullets, we want to avoid it”, he said.
“We have to change our tactics so that civilian deaths are avoided as in past three years situation has totally changed for the cops”, Khoda said.
He said that police personnel dealing with the agitation will be given full body anti-riot gear so that they don’t over react during the given situation.
He said that during the 2010 agitation there was full fledged financial back up from the separatists and militants who targeted vulnerable youth to indulge in stone pelting. “There was a full fledged financial backing to the stone pelters from militants and separatists and we are working on to break the nexus”, he said.
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