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CRPF sends less lethal plastic bullets to Kashmir

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New Delhi: To tackle crowds and counter stone pelters, the CRPF has sent 21,000 rounds of newly-developed and less lethal plastic bullets to the Kashmir Valley, according to reports.

The bullets, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by the Ordnance factory based in Pune, can be fitted in the AK series of assault rifles and will be an alternative to the much-criticised pellet shotguns.

About 21,000 rounds have just been sent for distribution to all units.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), deployed in counter-insurgency and law and order operations in Jammu and Kashmir, had ordered for the plastic bullets so that troops can just replace lethal metal bullets and use the new plastic ones.

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