Aligarh, UP: The government will arm the
exclusive riot control force of the country - RAF - with
modern non-lethal weapons to tackle violent disturbances
effectively across the country.
"If the nation and the society expect that the forces must
be able to handle riotous mobs, that do not happen to be armed
with deadly weapons with non-lethal means, then the forces
need the latest and the most sophisticated non-lethal
weapons," Minister of State for Home M Ramachandran said.
He was speaking on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of
the RAF being celebrated here.
The Rapid Action Force (RAF) was created in 1992 after
being carved out from the CRPF. The squad is ten battalions
(about 10,000 personnel) strong at present. The force is known
for sporting the trademark blue dungaree combat uniform.
"The point to be noted is that many means of riot control
have become old, the rioters have seen them in action many
times and thus their psychological impact has diminished a
great deal," Ramachandran said.
CRPF chief K Vijay Kumar said on the occasion that the
force has already made an inventory to equip the RAF armoury
with non-lethal weapons.
"It has been noticed over the years that the rioters are
becoming more aggressive and have started using deadlier
implements. At the same time there is an ever-increasing
heightened sensitivity and expectations of the society with
regard to the type and quantum of force used in dealing with
"In view of this, the RAF plans to induct more and more
modern and sophisticated non-lethal weapons in its armoury,"
the Director General said.