Srinagar: The Ministry of Home Affairs has made fresh authorisation of 4,949 pellet guns for CRPF units deployed as Rapid Action Force, and Mahila Batallion in J&K, taking the total number of pump action guns to 5,589.
Around nine pump action guns will be available with every company (around 120 personnel). More than six lakh matching cartridges, commonly referred to as pellet-shots, have also been authorised, up from 1.25 lakh last year, DNA India reported.
Currently, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has 640 pump action guns, widely known as pellet guns, but in the coming months more than 4,000 will be procured.
Pertinently, The Ministry of Home Affairs had promised last year to restrict the use of pellet guns against civilian protesters and explore other options.
Kashmir witnessed 14 pellet deaths and thousands of injuries last year.