At a CRPF camp in Srinagar, commanding officer Rajesh Yadav gave us a demonstration of how a deflector-fitted pellet gun will make a difference.
"We have planned to use this deflector. It's basically to control and restrict the spread of pellets, particularly the upward spread. Because whenever it has being fired during the last five months it has been observed that few injuries were on upper part of body - face and eyes also. The intention is to control that effect," said Mr Yadav.
In last one year pellet guns have been widely used causing widespread outrage because of its devastating impact on victims. The outgoing CRPF chief said they are using the gun because other non-lethal weapons could not prove effective to deal with the unrest.
"Situation has worsened so much that we have to fire, so instead of fire guns we will use pellet guns, a modified version of it so that we don't hurt people where we don't want it to," said Durga Prasad, outgoing director general of the CRPF.
"The problem with this proposed change in use of pellet guns is that government wants to continue with the same politics and policy," said Khuram Parvez, a well-known human rights defender in Kashmir.
While officials say modified pellet gun is as an important step to minimise casualties and grave injuries like blinding of young people, the critics say instead of political engagement, the government continues to experiment with weapons to deal with situation.
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