SRINAGAR: The Government of India (GoI) on Tuesday told Parliament that government forces use rubber and plastic bullets in Jammu and Kashmir to disperse “violent unlawful assembly”.
In response to a question in Parliament, the GoI said that as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) adopted by Jammu and Kashmir Police, other law-enforcing agencies also use “less lethal” plastic/rubber bullets for dispersal of unlawful assembly.
“The use of force should be guided by objectives of restoring peace, dispersal of violent unlawful assembly with use of such force as is required to minimise the casualty but without compromising safety for Law Enforcement Elements and peace loving citizens,” said the government spokesperson. “The hierarchy of usage of force inter-alia includes use of rubber bullet/ plastic bullets.”
Parliamentarian Dr P Venugopal had asked the GoI to state whether it is true that the government would introduce less lethal plastic bullets to be used against protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.
In another question, Venugopal asked the GoI what options had been explored to initiate a dialogue with stakeholders in Kashmir, including the “separatists”.
In its response, the government spokesperson said that the GoI has appointed Shri Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau, to initiate and carry forward a dialogue with elected representatives, various organisations and concerned individuals in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Considering the positive initial response from different sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir, it is expected that all stakeholders in the state who believe in peace would support the Government initiative and join the dialogue process,” the spokesman said.