Will be forced to use firearms if not pellet guns: CRPF to HC
Srinagar: In the wake of day-by-day rising protests in the valley, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Friday told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that it would be forced to use firearms in severe conditions when pellet guns were prohibited.
"When pellet guns have been excluded from the options available with CRPF, the personnel will be forced to use firearms in extreme situations which may cause more fatalities," reads excerpt from an affidavit submitted to the High Court by the force.
What else the affidavit says:
- The CRPF will have no choice but to open fire at the protestors to take control of worsened situations when a ban have been impose on pellet guns.
- Rifles and other weapons available with the force can cause more damage to the protestors than pellet guns.
- Other non-fatal weapons available with CRPF are non-functional when it comes to aiming at a moving, bending or running target.
- It may be mentioned that the affidavit is CRPF’s reaction to a Public Interest Litigation, filed before the court to put a ban on the use of pellet guns. Moreover, the next hearing will take place on Saturday.
- According to CRPF, it has fired around 3,500 pellet cartridges from July 9 to August 11 as a measure of controlling protests by unruly mobs.
CRPF about pellet guns-
- Pellet guns have been used by security forces since 2010 and are primarily for controlling protests.
- Pellet guns are non-fatal.
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