Rajnath Singh Gives Nod For Use Of PAVA Shells For Mob Control

'PAVA shells', a chilli-based ammunition, is less lethal and immobilises the target temporarily.

04/09/2016 11:07 AM IST | Updated 04/09/2016 11:37 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Use of chilli-filled grenades as an alternative to pellet guns, which will be used in rarest of rare cases, was yesterday cleared by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for crowd control ahead of the visit of an all-party delegation led by him to restive Kashmir today.

The Home Minister cleared the file for use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) also called Nonivamide as an alternative to the pellet guns, official sources said.

They said as many as 1000 shells would be reaching the Kashmir Valley today.

During his two-day visit to Kashmir on 24-25 August, Singh had said an alternative to pellet guns will be given to security forces in the coming days.

Pellet guns are, however, unlikely to be banned completely but will be used in "rarest of rare cases", they said.

The use of PAVA was recommended by a seven-member expert committee, headed by Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry TVSN Prasad, in its report submitted on 29 August.

The panel was constituted after scores of protesters were blinded by the use of pellet guns in the Valley.

The Kashmir Valley is witnessing unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on 8 July.

'PAVA shells', a chilli-based ammunition, is less lethal and immobilises the target temporarily.

The 'PAVA shells' were under trial for over a year at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratory in Lucknow, and its development has come at a time when Kashmir is on the boil.

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