Centre to draft SOP to check violence using non-lethal arms

Union Home Ministry has constituted a group of top level police and security officers for drafting a standard operating procedure to deal with mob violence with emphasis on use of non-lethal weapons.

Srinagar: Union Home Ministry has
constituted a group of top level police and security officers
for drafting a standard operating procedure (SOP) to deal with
mob violence with emphasis on use of non-lethal weapons.

"The Union Home Ministry constituted a group... to
draft a standard operating procedure for controlling mob
violence in the country with least damage to life and property
with emphasis on use of non-lethal weapons," Chairman of the
group and Director General of Police (DGP) Jammu and Kashmir
Kuldeep Khoda said in his year-end message.

DGP of Andhra Pradesh, ADG of Uttar Pradesh, IG Rapid
Action Force and representatives of CRPF and Intelligence
Bureau are among other members in the group.

The group was formed in aftermath of the five-month
summer unrest in Kashmir where security forces used live
ammunition at the start of the agitation, resulting in several
dozen deaths.

Although non-lethal weapons like Pump Action Guns were
provided to the CRPF and Police for crowd control, improper
use of the equipment also led to few deaths in the valley.

The group has already submitted its draft to the Union
Home Ministry and is awaiting orders of implementation, the
group chairman said.

Khoda said a procedure has been drafted to tackle
"extreme law and order situations" with least amount of force.

"With a view to tackle the extreme law and order
situations effectively with least amount of force, a procedure
has been drafter and submitted to Union Home Ministry for
implementation," Khoda said.

PTI

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