Shinde bats for use of pellet guns in extreme situations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai:
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 15:53 IST
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Even though the Congress has taken a stance that pellet guns should not be used on protesters in Kashmir, former Union home minister and Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde supported the use of the guns if the situation went beyond control.

Speaking to media persons in Pune, Shinde said, “ The police are supposed to fire the bullet in a way that it hits below the waist. But if the mob is beyond control it can hit any part of the body.”

Shinde said that rubber bullets had been used in the past and had proved ineffective.

The use of pellet guns to quell civilian protests in the valley had come under flak following reports of several youngsters being blinded and even seriously injured on the face by these bullets.

Shinde underlined the need for having fear of the law but said negotiations with all stake holders in the bordering state was also the need of the hour.

Criticising the Modi government on its Kashmir policy, Shinde said that the policy had been driven by public mood instead of having been dealt with quietly.

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