New Delhi: The Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing crowd-control
devices which can help paramilitary forces handle the kind
of violent protests taking place in Kashmir these days,
without resorting to firing.
Other technology being developed will enable paramilitary
forces in Naxal-affected areas to detect land
mines which have taken a heavy toll of lives.
The DRDO-developed device, which could be effective in
handling situations like stone-throwing protestors in Kashmir
Valley, is the ``dazzler``, a high intensity light which is
expected to dazzle and temporarily disorient crowds at whom it
is directed. The stone throwers can be temporarily
blinded thereby allowing the police to approach and apprehend
Dazzler devices will, in most situations, obviate the
need to open fire on violent protestors.
Information about this and other similar devices was
disclosed to reporters on Monday by a team of senior DRDO
officials, including Anil Kumar Maini, Director of DRDO`s
Laser System and Technology Centre.
Manini said dazzlers could ideally be fitted onto
armoured vehicles and helicopters.
In a defence role, the helicopter mounted dazzlers could
be used to blind the pilots of enemy helicopters.
The other item of technology relevant to use in
anti-Naxal operations was the laser-based ordnance disposal
system (LORDS) which would focus laser beams onto unexploded
bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and detonate
them from a distance. This technology could be a relief to
paramilitary forces which have lost dozens of jawans in IED
Also of interest to the anti-Naxal forces operating
in the thick jungles of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa is
DRDO`s ground-penetrating radar which can also look beyond
walls and foliage.
This radar will be particularly effective in locating
mines buried in the ground and under tarred roads such as the
ones which Naxals had used to kill several dozen CRPF men in
Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh a few months ago.