Security forces will use shells full of a chilli compound as an alternative to shotgun pellets, to control crowds in Kashmir, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, after widespread use of the weapons wounded thousands and inflamed public anger...critics want the government to use less harmful ammunition.
"The committee has given its suggestions and the alternative of the non-lethal weapon has been suggested as PAVA shells," Singh told reporters as he led an all-party delegation to Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said security forces would begin using the shells, made of a compound found naturally in chilli powder, after a panel of experts decided they were sometimes a better alternative to pellet guns.
The chilli compound, when fired, is thought to cause severe irritation and temporarily immobilise the target.
Would that be a 'hot shot'?