MP tribal group offers traditional slingshot for forces deployed in Kashmir

Tribal youth in a remote Madhya Pradesh region have offered their expertise in using slingshots to help the paramilitary forces in countering protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tribal youth in a remote Madhya Pradesh region have offered their expertise in using slingshots to help the paramilitary forces in countering protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.

The youths in tribal dominated district – Jhabua – in western Madhya Pradesh have offered their traditional expertise in Gofan – similar to a slingshot by using a looped cord with a knitted bag attached to the one end.

"A Gofan battalion of local tribal youth should be constituted and be posted in Kashmir Valley to deal with the stone-pelters. This battalion will be a suitable answer to stone-pelters," Prem Singh, a 26-year-old tribal youth of Lakhpur village of Jhabua district, told PTI.

The leaders from Congress and BJP also supported the formation of such a squad comprising local youth, who are masters of this art.

"Government should form a 'Gofan Stone Pelters Squad' to deal with the situation in Kashmir Valley," former Congress MLA from Jhabua, Xavier Medha said.

Local historian K K Trivedi told PTI that the cord is swerved after placing the pebble/small stone in the bag. The pebble/small stone moves towards the target at a fast pace when released.

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