Srinagar, Feb 28:The pellet guns will be back in the valley, this time, however, with a tweak. The new pellet gun will have a deflector on the muzzle to prevent the pellets from ascending. This would ensure that the shrapnels do not hit a person above the abdomen region.
The security personnel using pellet guns have also been told to aim at the feet of the protestors and not the abdomen area. The deflector would ensure that the pellet does not ascend. The Central reserve Police Force has asked a Border Security Force workshop to deploy a metal deflector on to the muzzle.
Pellet guns had become a matter of debate following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani. The valley had erupted in protest as people complained that the use of pellet guns had blinded many protestors.
The paramilitary forces had initially tried introducing the lesser lethal pelargonic acid vanillylamide shells. However it was found that the PAVA gun was not effective to disperse the protestors. The CRPF then decided that the more effective way of handling the situation would be to modify the pellet gun with a metal deflector on the muzzle.