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Centre defends use of pellet guns

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-04-2017 Apurva Vishwanath

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday defended before the Supreme Court the use of controversial pellet guns in certain situations to quell unrest in Kashmir.

“When the mob is advancing towards the forces and is upon the security vehicle, there is no option but to use pellet guns,” the government’s top law officer attorney general Mukul Rohatgi argued.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul was hearing a petition filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association.

Rohatgi also told the court that skunk water, laser dazzlers etc are being considered by the government as alternatives.

The petitioners told the court that apart from quelling mob or stone pelters, bystanderskers are also injured by use of pellet guns.

The case will be heard next on 28 May.

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