Haryana Police have found a simple yet effective way to control violent agitators with as little violence as possible.
Times of India Young cops being trained with slingshots
In the past, Indian cops have faced severe criticism for being harsh with protesters with many times the situation even turning for the worse because of their action.
Talking about the initiative, IG A K Rao of Hissar range in Haryana, said that they got the idea from their counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir. He then went on to add:
“Those agitating are our own people. They are not criminals. We cannot pelt back stones at them. Hence, we ordered 1,000 such gulels with marbles and chilli balls. They don’t kill but are effective in dispersing mobs. Our boys are well-trained and can use them in any situation.”
Tribune Policemen use slingshots at the Police Lines in Jind
Explaining how slingshots will be used during an operation, SP Abhishek Jorwal of Jind district said:
“We have four such companies with 10 young boys each who have been trained to use the gulels. During a confrontation, the ‘gulel brigade’ would be placed third in row, behind cops with shields and batons.”
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Back in 2008, the police had faced the flack when a 25-year-old woman guest teacher in Rohtak had died after being hit by a rubber bullet. She at that time was part of an agitation group.
Indian Express Jat Agitation back in 2012
The boy belonged to the Jat community and the community at that time were protesting for reservation under the OBC category.