Use of plastic bullets against protesters

SRINAGAR: A committee set up by the Jammu and Kashmir Government has recommended the withdrawal of cases against 5,000 youths, accused of pelting stones on security forces, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the State Director General of Police to review the cases registered against the youths and examine the legal aspects of withdrawal or closure of such cases which are not heinous in nature. Meanwhile security forces have been advised to use less lethal weapons as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) adopted by Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police and other law enforcing agencies for dispersal of unlawful assembly, Ahir said. The hierarchy of usage of forces inter-alia includes use of rubber bullets/plastic bullets, the Minister said in a written reply to question by Dr P Venugopal of AIADMK in the Lower House. (PTI/UNI)