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MHA working on options to replace pellets.

STINK bombs, marble size chilly grenades, more potent tear gas shells, long range acoustic devices and laser dazzlers are some of the options that a high- level Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA) team is considering as nonlethal riot control options for Jammu and Kashmir.

Given the tense situation and frequent engagement with murderous stone pelting mob, some of the equipment has already been flown into the Valley and is being deployed instead of using the pump action pellet gun.

" The MHA team is also reviewing the design and action of the pellet gun.

The review team will rework the standard operating procedures to ensure that injury to the upper half of the body can be minimized. The options include modifying the weapon to reduce the area of impact and force,'' toplevel sources told India Today TV . The MHA team is also looking at a smaller vehicle to mount water cannons.

" The big water cannons like the ones used in plains cannot be used in smaller lanes tates those who come in contact with the water.

Before the water canon is used the people will be warned the irritation and itching effect lasts several days and they will be advised to disperse,'' another official said.

The long- range acoustic devices have already been deployed. " The sound is so intense that it disorients the stone pelters. We have used it and instead of pelting stones, they just ran back. The feed back so far is positive. The security forces are also waiting for laser dazzler lights -- which have a sudden blinding effect. Not even wearing sunglasses would help,'' he added.

However, given the number of areas where these non- lethal riot control devices would be required the J& K police and the Central Reserve Police Force are looking for adequate numbers to deploy them. They have also made a request for better riot control protective gear and automobiles.

" Our shields break when the mob pelts stones relentlessly. Some stones have ricocheted and hit personnel on their chin or face breaking teeth and nose. That at times could lead to an angry over reaction.

Therefore a request is being made for better riot control body protection armour and bullet proof -- all purpose riot control vehicles,'' sources added.

and neighbourhoods in the Valley. Therefore, we are looking at smaller size vehicles that will throw water -- either with a stink bomb or irritation causing chemicals.

There is also the option of using water slugs instead of a jet of water as slugs of water will hit the mob and push them back,'' sources added.

However, the stink bomb has its side effects. The stink is overpowering not just on the body of the individual who comes into contact with the water but also the area. " It stays for several days and will end up punishing the entire locality for the crimes of the stone pelters. The chilly grenades or the chilly water on the other hand only irri- Stink bombs, marble size chilly grenades, more potent tear gas shells, longrange acoustic devices and laser dazzlers are some of the options The MHA team is also reviewing the design and action of the pellet gun Team will rework the standard operating procedures to ensure that injury to the upper half of the body can be minimised Team is also looking at a smaller vehicle to mount water cannons as smaller ones can't be used in lanes

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