J&K – The issues around the state

Govt. to regulate pellet gun usage

  1. News: Govt is not in favour of completely withdrawing the use of pellet guns in the Kashmir valley, their use will be regulated instead
  2. Context: Expert committee headed by T.V.S.N Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), constituted to look into the alternatives to pellet guns, has been submitted report
  3. Background: More than 400 people have been injured due to pellet guns to control the violence which erupted after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8
  4. CRPF has been deployed in the valley to assist the state police for crowd-control
  5. CRPF informed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court recently that it had fired 1.3 million pellets from pump action guns from July 8-August 11
  6. Govt is facing severe criticism for using the pellet guns and several political parties have asked for its complete withdrawal

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