New Delhi: The CRPF has sent 21,000 rounds of newly-developed plastic bullets to the Kashmir Valley to tackle street protests, says a top officer of the force. The bullets, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by the Ordnance factory based in Pune, can be fitted in the AK series of assault rifles and will be an alternative to the much-criticised pellet shotguns.
“Tests have shown that these plastic bullets are less lethal. This will reduce our dependence on pellet guns and other non-lethal weapons used for crowd control,” CRPF Director General (DG) R R Bhatnagar told PTI.
He said this will be newest less lethal ammunition the force has introduced to tackle crowds and counter stone pelters in the Valley. “About 21,000 rounds have just been sent for distribution to all our units,” the DG said.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), deployed in counter-insurgency and law and order operations in Jammu and Kashmir, had ordered for the plastic bullets so that troops can just replace lethal metal bullets and use the new plastic ones.
Bhatnagar said both 47 and 56, the AK series of rifles, are used by the CRPF units deployed in the Kashmir Valley. The bullets have been prepared in such a calibre that it fits the barrel, he added.
“As soon as a crowd or stone pelting incident is encountered, the troops just need to change the bullets and fire,” the DG said.