Pellet guns are last resort, exploring alternative of 'rubber bullets': Centre assures SC

The Supreme Court heard the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association's plea against the use of pellet guns in the state.

In a Supreme Court hearing on the burning issue of the use of pellet guns to disperse protestors in the Valley, the Centre on Monday assured the apex court that using the weapon is the absolute last resort and also the notion isn't to kill anybody.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the apex court that they're also investigating other options like rubber bullet for dispersing the crowd rather than pellet guns.

The Supreme Court heard the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association's plea against the use of pellet guns in the state.

Within the last hearing, the apex court had asked the Centre to consider powerful means aside from the use of pellet guns to quell rock pelting mobs in Kashmir and Jammu as death and life concerns.

The case was filed in the wake of the several lives lost during last year unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

The division bench of the Supreme Court had, in December a year ago, admitted the request for hearing and directed the Central Government to submit the report of the team of experts represented before the court on the utilization of pellet guns.

Before in July 2016, the Centre constituted a team to recommend a suitable replacement.

A seven-member expert committee set up for exploring other choices that are potential to pellet guns as not -fatal weapons submitted its report.

Around 78 people lost their lives, and over 100 individuals were injured in Kashmir and Jammu last year as a result of pellet guns

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