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Govt replaces pellet guns by chilli shells for mob control in trouble-hit Kashmir

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Federal home minister Rajnath Singh is learnt to have approved the use of chilli-based PAVA shells for crowd control in the trouble-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh is scheduled to visit Kashmir tomorrow, the second time in the past 10 days.

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The decision comes in the wake of recent protests in J&K over use of pellet guns which are reported to have blinded scores of people in the state.

Experts say the PAVA shells are non-lethal and they only temporarily disable the targets.

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During his recent visit to J&K, the home minister had assured to find an alternative to the pellet guns.

With unrests continues in the valley, the Indian government has been trying hard to restore normalcy in the J&K by adopting variety of measures.

Last week on August 29, authorities had lifted curfew from entire Kashmir Valley after 51 days of continuous curfew.

The curfew had to be imposed in view of violence in the valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

The prevailing violence in the valley has so far killed over 70 persons.

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