During a hearing in Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the CRPF said that more fatalities would be caused if pellet guns are banned.
The paramilitary force submitted the affidavit in response to a PIL filed before the court, seeking ban on use of pellet guns as a means for crowd control mechanism in the Valley.
They reasoned that in case of the ban,they will have no choice but to open fire bullets in order to control the crowd.
“In case, this (pellet gun) is withdrawn from the options available with the CRPF, CRPF personnel would have no recourse in extreme situations but to open fire with rifles, which may cause more fatalities,” the CRPF said in an affidavit.
A boy whose eye was damaged after security forces fired pellets at him during a protest in valley.
According to the standard operating procedures, the the weapon be aimed below the waist if the law and order situation is dynamic.
“But the situation prevailing on the streets during an ongoing law and order incident is dynamic and mobile. In such a situation, sometimes it is difficult to go in for precise aimed fire at a moving, bending and running target,” the CRPF said.
The CRPF said it has fired around 3,500 pellet cartridges from July 9 to August 11 during violence by protesters in the Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.