Srinagar: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the largest body for controlling law and order in civilian order has recently courted major controversy after its chief announced that the force would continue to use pellet guns in the Kashmir valley. This comes at a time when there is widespread criticism over the use of pellet guns in the valley.
CRPF Director General (DG), K Durga Prasad said that although he was “sorry” for the injuries caused to the innocents by pellet guns, his force was left with no other option than to use them as the guns have been identified as the least lethal.
He also informed that pellet guns are used when the force runs out of all other options. It is used in extreme cases where the situation seems to be slipping out of hand and when the life of jawans is at risk. But, the Chief said, the CRPF personnel have been instructed to shoot below the knee level.
Kashmir has been simmering in tension since July 8, when Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was gunned down in an encounter.
Recently, curfew too has been lifted from Srinagar but the rest of the parts of the valley are still under curfew and restrictions.