New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday approved the use of chilli-based PAVA shells for crowd controlling ahead of the all-party delegation visit to Kashmir, official sources said.
As many as 1000 Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) shells would be reaching the valley by tomorrow, sources added.
PAVA shells are less-lethal ammunition, which temporarily incapacitates the target and renders them immobile for several minutes. The shell, which contain Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide, is an organic compound found in chilli pepper. It derives its name from the compound, which is also known as Nonivamide. It is considered to be bio-safe, less lethal than pellet guns, but equally effective.
Singh said, "We had a meeting regarding the all-party delegation, which will visit Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow. The leaders from all parties gave in their suggestions. This delegation will meet the different delegations in Kashmir."
"After coming back, our all-party delegation will convene a meeting and give suggestions on the basis of which the Centre will decide its future course of action," he added.
During the two-day visit, the MPs will interact with Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, and will also be holding meetings with representatives of all political parties and other delegations in Srinagar to bring peace in the restive Valley.
The move comes after hundreds of people were injured and many blinded by the use of pellet guns by security forces during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.