No more pellet guns? Sound canons could soon replace them in Kashmir

‘Sound canons’ that can send out a deafening alarm will soon be used by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to control stone-pelting mobs in conflict-hit Kashmir, as an alternative to the controversial pellet guns, that have blinded thousands over the last few years.

The CRPF has come out with specifications, asking manufacturers to submit details regarding the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also known as sound canons. The Request for Information (RFI), which is the first step to procure security-related equipment, stated the features CRPF wants in the device.

The LRAD can be used for dispersing violent mobs with its shrill ear-piercing sound and can also be used as a communication device to send out loud and clear warnings to a crowd.

One of the specifications mentioned by CRPF interestingly mentions that the device should be able to convert 50 English phrases or commands into at least five Indian regional languages. Read More

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