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BSF to use chilli bombs at border

To tackle illegal activities along the border with Bangladesh, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) will now use a new type of bomb containing world's hottest chilli powder, instead of explosives, reported BBC yesterday.

The initiative has been taken to minimise the incident of border killing, and check illegal entry of smugglers and unauthorised persons, BSF officials claimed.

The BSF authorities call it “Chilli Bomb.”

There will be a thumb-size pocket containing “Bhut Jolokia” or “ghost chilli” powder inside each bomb with a tear-shell like shape. It will explode like a hand grenade and immobilise the suspect.

“Bhut Jolokia” is cultivated in Assam and Nagaland in India's north-east.

BSF officials have already started using the bomb on a trial basis.

It was first made by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Later, the BSF started manufacturing the bomb in their factories using DRDO's formula.

BSF officials claimed that they had long been working to reduce the use of deadly weapons in tackling border deaths. But in their efforts to minimise the casualty, they found that infiltrators were dying even from shots of a light weapon.

The BSF used weapons to knock suspects unconscious. But it also killed people. So they looked for alternatives of checking the illegal entry of unauthorised persons.

According to statistics of the Bangladesh government, 260 Bangladeshis have been killed by the Indian border guards since 2006.

The BSF authorities, however, claimed that the number of border deaths had declined over the years. They also hoped that the “Chilli Bomb” would help reduce the border deaths further.

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These are all barbaric acts. Smugglers caught in the act must face judicial trial and not bullets and hot chili bombs and inhuman torture. India knows that the smugglers are an economically poor class, mostly engaged in cattle and other consumer items of little value. Why brandish arms and take their lives when local courts are sufficient remedy to dispense justice?

: Reaz Hassan

How we can arrange to use this chili bomb on liar politicians & anybody in authority that hides the truth?

: haider m.h.


  • rch
    Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:42 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Just like Nazi used to do research on live people. What tests DRDO ran before using it on humans? May be they do not consider Bangladeshis as humans.





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