Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday put
to use its non-lethal weapon `pump-action rifle` for the first
time for crowd control in which a few people received injuries
when a nearly 3,000-strong mob attempted to attack an army
camp in Sopore in north Kashmir.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had requested the Centre to
take immediate steps for producing a non-lethal weapon as a
number of people had died when police and security forces
opened fire for dispersing mobs during the latest phase of
violent protests in the Kashmir Valley.
At the request of Omar, the Ordnance factory at Jabalpur
got into act quickly and produced such rifles which were
handed over recently to the state police for putting them to
use in mob control activities.
The Chief Minister had suggested several non-lethal
weapons to the Centre and had also taken up the issue with
Defence Minister A K Antony.
The weapon was put to use today when a 3000-strong mob
attempted to run down a 22-Rashtriya Rifles camp in Seelo at
Sopore in north Kashmir.
After batons and tear gas shells, security forces used
the pump action rifle. A few people were injured but no one
was killed in the action by security personnel.
The two-month long protests in the Valley have seen over
50 people die in mob violence and police action.
A pump-action rifle or shotgun is one in which the hand
grip can be pumped back and forth in order to eject a spent
round of ammunition and to chamber a fresh one.
It is much faster than a bolt-action system and somewhat
faster than a lever-action system, as it does not require the
trigger hand to be removed from the trigger while reloading.
The term pump-action can also be applied to various air
soft guns and air guns, which use a similar mechanism to both
load a pellet and compress a spring piston for power, or
pneumatic guns where a pump is used to compress the air used