Following severe civilian and police force injuries while controlling the agitated mob after the death of terrorist Burhan Wani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that people should be using other and less damaging ways of controlling the mob. The Central Reserve Police Force has decided to use less lethal plastic bullets, designed by the DRDO, to deal with the stone pelters and protesters.
During the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Meerut on Saturday, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar said around 21,000 rounds of plastic bullets has been sent to the Valley. Developed by the DRDO and the bullets have been manufactured by Pune-based Ordnance factory. The CRPF chief also said that the force has not done away with other non-lethal weapons and is planning to get more pump action guns fitted with metal deflectors so that pellet injuries do not go above the waist.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh present during the RAF celebrations also said that police cannot be a brute force in 21st century and it will have to work like a "civilised force". He said, "To control the situation, the security forces should not only be dependent on use of force. It's an age of technology and it should be used. There can be even psychological ways to control the mob or to divert it. I hope the senior officials of our forces would consider to adopt these ways."
He also announced a help of minimum Rs 1 crore will be given to families of all he jawans who are martyred while serving the nation.