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Centre to draft SOP to check violence using non-lethal arms

india Updated: Dec 31, 2010 15:50 IST

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Union Home Ministry has constituted a group of top level police and security officers for drafting a standard operating procedure (SOP) to deal with mob violence with emphasis on use of non-lethal weapons.

"The Union Home Ministry constituted a group... to draft a standard operating procedure for controlling mob violence in the country with least damage to life and property with emphasis on use of non-lethal weapons," Chairman of the group and Director General of Police (DGP) Jammu and Kashmir Kuldeep Khoda said in his year-end message.

DGP of Andhra Pradesh, ADG of Uttar Pradesh, IG Rapid Action Force and representatives of CRPF and Intelligence Bureau are among other members in the group.

The group was formed in aftermath of the five-month summer unrest in Kashmir where security forces used live ammunition at the start of the agitation, resulting in several dozen deaths.

Although non-lethal weapons like Pump Action Guns were provided to the CRPF and Police for crowd control, improper use of the equipment also led to few deaths in the valley.

The group has already submitted its draft to the Union Home Ministry and is awaiting orders of implementation, the group chairman said.

Khoda said a procedure has been drafted to tackle "extreme law and order situations" with least amount of force.

"With a view to tackle the extreme law and order situations effectively with least amount of force, a procedure has been drafter and submitted to Union Home Ministry for implementation," Khoda said.