Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi Monday attacked the NDA government over reports that the government plans to introduce plastic bullets in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is this government’s Kashmir policy in all its glory. Instead of exploring the underlying reasons behind alienation in the valley; they are trying to find new “non-lethal weapons” (which are apparently still lethal),” he tweeted, reacting to a recent news report.
Owaisi, Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, was earlier part of an all-party delegation that visited Kashmir.
It is worth mentioning here that currently the force uses PAVA (Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide) a chilli-based ammunition, which is less lethal and immobilises the target temporarily.
Kashmir has been seeing an accelerating increase in the cases of crowd control causalities and discussions on the replacement of the pellets with plastic bullets have been doing the rounds.
Thousands of plastic bullets were produced and sent to the Kashmir Valley for use by the law enforcement agencies, official sources said.
The plastic bullets are non-penetrative and can be fired from INSAS rifles, the sources said.