Rajnath Singh gives approval to PAVA grenades, alternative to pellet guns

Photo related to Pellet bullets marks.

New Delhi: The Central government today gave its node to use of alternative chilli-filled grenades instead of the highly controversial pellet guns.

According to sources, The Home Minister Rajnath Singh ahead of the all-party delegation’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir gave his approval to the decision to replace the use of pellet guns with the Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA).

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The use of Pellet guns have been widely criticized, which caused numerious blinding in Kashmir Valley in the ongoing unrest.

An official source told media persons here, “The government today cleared the use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA). This would mean in rarest of occasions for mob control, henceforth there will be use of chilli-filled grenades.”

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A sample lot of the PAVA grenades could be soon sent to Kashmir also, sources indicated.

The source said, also called Nonivamide, the use of PAVA seeks to “temporarily incapacitate people” so that they can be detained easily prior to arrest or deterred from acts of violence toward law-enforcement personnel and security forces.

The ‘PAVA shells’ were under trial for over a year at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research laboratory in Lucknow.

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