Forces to start using PAVA shells in Kashmir shortly
Security forces will shortly start using chilli-filled shells PAVA in crowd control in Kashmir, replacing the pellet guns that have caused injuries to a large number of people, especially the loss of vision. This follows the report of an expert committee which was set up amid an uproar over use of pellet guns by security forces in dealing with stone-pelting during the current unrest. Following an uproar, the committee was set up to suggest an alternative to the pellet guns. Every day, around 1000 PAVA shells are reaching Kashmir since September 5, sources said here on Thursday.