Now, capsicum based teargas to take on stone pelters in the Valley
A capsicum gel-based teargas will now be used to quell mobs in Kashmir. The new teargas will be ready by next month and will be used in mob control, the Border Security Force has said.
The non-lethal munition can be used by security forces at any location in the country where there is a law and order problem but the largest inventory of the product is expected to be shipped to the Valley owing to the number of public protests and incidents of stone pelting, the official said.
The shells will be produced by the Tekanpur (Madhya Pradesh)-based Tear Smoke Unit (TSU) of the Border Security Force.
Last year, the TSU had launched the PAVA teargas munitions which, the BSF said, was "effectively" used by various police and security forces.
The new bio-friendly oleoresin capsicum-based teargas shells will be produced in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The official said the chilli ingredient for these new munitions will be sourced from the jungles of the northeast and Andhra Pradesh and have two variants.
"One will be a teargas shell and the other spray can. The ultimate product will be helpful for police and security forces to combat both close-quarter and distant targets," the official said.