CRPF gets new robot-type riot-gear in Valley to battle stone throwers

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  1. Shaitan

    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    They wear blue-painted abdomen guards over the trousers unlike cricket guard, thick foam-stuffed shin guards like football players and don arm-guards and helmet like cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. But there are three additions to otherwise a sports gear: thick thigh guards, heavy chest and shoulder
    guards. They also have robot-like shoulder and knee caps.These men in blue are not preparing for any rare Olympic game but are geared up to battle stone-pelting youth in Srinagar. The CRPF has donned their personnel with new riot-gear, first state in the country to be introduced with the gear.

    The new uniform concept and design, sources said, have been conceived by CRPF headquarters in New Delhi to control violent protests.

    More than three dozen CRPF personnel sustained grave injuries in violent protests in Srinagar this year, mainly in head and legs. More than 40 vehicles have also been damaged by violent protesters.

    “Yes, new uniform have been introduced in downtown Srinagar but I am not aware of the specifications,” said CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathy on phone from Bihar.

    The new riot gear was introduced this week only after violent protests over the deaths of two youth in Srinagar in security forces’ action spreading across the city.

    “Many of my colleagues were injured since January 2010 in stone pelting. Protesters hurl stone with great speed and have lead to fractures and grave wounds. I feel comfortable in new riot-gear. It shields all vital organs,” said a CRPF personnel, who is not allowed to reveal his name to the media, while wearing a sports helmet rather than riot gear helmet.

    “The sports helmet is more easy to be in. The net in traditional CRPF comes distracts vision, while sports helmet has wide net,” said the CRPF jawan.

    The new gear has been introduced only in highly volatile areas in Srinagar so far.

    “Abdomen guard is as important as head guard,” said IG CRPF NC Asthana. “It was in 1874 that abdomen guard was introduced in cricket and helmet was introduced in 1974. So abdomen guard is equally rather more important,” said Asthana on use of abdomen guards. He refused to divulge any specifications of the new riot gear.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/CRPF-gets-new-robot-type-riot-gear-in-Valley-to-battle-stone-throwers/Article1-561618.aspx

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  3. JBH22

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    Gear looks good appears to meet western riot police gear btw with the current turmoil it would have been a great opportunity to test the chilli grenade..so no death among kashmiri protesters but their butt will burn like hell:)
     
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    I think we should use tear gas in large quantities and the forces should equipped with gas masks too.
     
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    THE MINISTRY of home affairs ( MHA MHA

    microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. ) has given the go- ahead to buy modern non- lethal riot control equipment and better protection gear for the CRPF CRPF Central Reserve Police Force (India)
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    The MHA ordered the purchases stung by the violence in the Valley, that has claimed 15 civilian lives in police firing and left 211 CRPF personnel injured since June 11.

    Among the hi- tech non- lethal weapons would be 300 anti- riot pistols for the CRPF. In one burst, the pistol will be able to immobilise at least three targets, a CRPF source said.

    Along with these pistols, the CRPF is also buying 1,000 electric batons, which can immobilise protesters with no permanent physical damage.

    " We have invited bids for the procurement of the equipment," CRPF spokesperson Ajay Chaturvedi said.

    The 55 battalions of CRPF men posted in the Valley only have lethal weapons such as mortars, Ak- 47s and INSAS INSAS Indian National Small Arms System rifles, which are meant for use in counter- insurgency operations.

    After a CRPF constable, Sunil Pawar, lost one eye after being hit by a stone in Srinagar on July 4, the CRPF has placed orders for 600 anti- riot protection helmets as well.

    The helmets will cover the head, ears, neck and face, a source said.

    " We have also placed orders to buy lighter poly- shields, full body protectors for our men and hand and knee guards," the CRPF spokesperson said.

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/New+riot+gear+for+CRPF+to+check+stone-+pelters-a0231372721
     
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    The Centre is putting emphasis on the baton rather than the bullet in dealing with the separatist violence in Jammu & Kashmir. The government has ordered a new anti-riot gear for the CRPF which includes six-feet long fibre-glass batons, including electric ones, to enable the paramilitary force’s jawans to deal with rioters “from a distance”. Also, bamboo shields used by the CRPF personnel till now will be replaced by those made from light-weight polycarbonate shields to provide cover from stone-pelting mobs. The force personnel will also be provided with gas masks and state-of -the art anti-riot guns and pistols having limited lethality to battle mobs.
    The aim is to counter the anti-CRPF propaganda by separatist elements who are using the incidents of firing by CRPF as an excuse to prolong the agitation in the Valley, government sources said. “The old strategy of the separatists is to discredit the state government,” a senior MHA official said. The Omar Abdullah government has already come under fire for being unable to prevent the firing incidents in the Valley as more than 20 people, mostly teenagers, have lost their lives in police firing and teargas shelling.
    Home ministry officials, who are closely monitoring the situation in J&K, said that re-equipping the paramilitary force will help them exercise maximum restraint while battling violent protestors. “The new gear is expected to help the jawans disperse large gatherings,” an official said.

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    Devices to tackle rioters by DRDO
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    The Defence Research and Development Organisation has developed “weapons” useful for low intensity conflicts, (temporary) incapacitation and mob-control situations such as chilli-based hand grenades, tear-gas grenades and plastic bullets, the government informed Parliament last week.
    http://www.asianage.com/india/govt-orders-anti-riot-gear-crpf-jawans-551
     
  8. venkat

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    How about using shields made of composites ,those used in LCA and ALH. They can be light weight and strong enough to with stand a hail storm of stones!!!
     
  9. Daredevil

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    Composites are made of metal alloys. If shields are made of composites that will block the vision. Shields should always be transparent as the security forces should be able to see through it.
     
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    need that mirchi gas shells to disrupt the crowds......
    i think DRDO already developed them............
     
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    They cannot have better testing ground than disobedient Kashmir mobs . Even rampaging housewives will have test of their own Mirchi powder.
     
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    Policing in J&K is a delicate situatio. You cannot use force, if you do so, it will be construed as if you area fundamentalist and anti muslim! I think we can use stun grenades, chilli powder filled canisters to combat this. I pity the poor CRPF personnel!
     
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    For God's Sake our forces need to get rid off that lathi.
     
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    why dont use shock battons?
     
  16. anoop_mig25

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    why donot use some non-lethal weapon rather then lethal weapon . even this riot gear doesnt lookup to mark of those used by wester forces or even china/koera/japan
     
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    I think Kolkata Police have got this suite, I need to check out for more.

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  18. sandeepdg

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    Ki bolcho, Pintu da !! Kolkata police and this kind of gear, I have got to see it to believe it !
     

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