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Army to use chilli filled shells instead of pellets in Kashmir

The army will soon begin to use chilli-filled shells instead of shotgun pellets to control the crowd in the Kashmir, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar on Monday.

Rajnath is in Srinagar for a two-day visit. Kashmir is boiling in anger since several citizens have been killed in regular clashes after the encounter of popular Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

The government has been hugely criticized for using pellet guns to control the stone pelting crowd, which has killed more than 70 people and left thousands of others injured.

According to doctors, the use of pellet guns has killed several and left more than 100 partially or completely blind.

The chilli-filled shells will seriously bother and temporarily halt their targets.

As per Rajnath, the government had reached out to the experts to suggest replacements for the pellet guns and so the PAVA shells was recommended, which are filled with the same compound found in chilli peppers.

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