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AK rifles to fire rubber bullets to disperse mobs

AK rifles firing rubber bullets? This will soon be a reality with trial runs for firing such bullets from Kalashnikov automatic rifles to control mobs having been completed.



New Delhi: AK rifles firing rubber bullets? This will soon be a reality with trial runs for firing such bullets from Kalashnikov automatic rifles to control mobs
having been completed.

A decision to this effect was taken here during a meeting of senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs which has constituted a special group for analysing various methods needed for controlling violent crowds with least force in the backdrop of large-scale violence in the Kashmir Valley
this summer, official sources said here today.

The sources said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the field trials for using the weapons, first of which were introduced in 1947.

They would be seen in action soon particularly in the Valley, they said.

The use of rubber bullets will lessen the risk of fatalities while controlling crowds, the sources said.

The AK-47, a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62x39mm assault rifle, was first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. AK-47 stands for Kalashnikov automatic rifle, 1947 model.

The rubber bullets from the AK-47 rifles may not prove fatal if not fired from a close range and if they don`t hit a vital organ, the sources said.

Another riot controlling device that has been cleared is the `dazzler` which uses laser beams to disperse mobs by causing temporary blindness.

These may be handed over to security forces operating in Kashmir-like situations soon, the sources said.

The dazzler may help in restricting stone pelters as it can be used towards individuals, rendering them temporarily blind. These devices can be useful in restricting mobs between a range of 50 metres to 250 metres.

Jammu and Kashmir Police, which has been facing allegations of using excessive force for mob control, have got two new weapons in its armoury -- pump action and riot control guns -- which are non-lethal but can injure a person indulging in violence.

While the pump-action gun, popularly known as "shot gun", has been put to use, the anti-riot gun, which fires plastic bullets, has also been handed over to field units in August this year.

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 to disperse violent demonstrators in the Kashmir Valley.

PTI

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