Pellet guns to get papier machie handles for humane touch

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: New

papiermacheSrinagar: The modified pellet guns to be used on protestors in Kashmir will be adorned with Kashmiri papier machie art to make them more palatable to Kashmiris.

The innovation is meant to make the non-lethal controversial weapon, which fires around 500 metal pellets in one shot, “more humane” and “pro-Kashmir”.

“Pellet guns are a non-lethal weapon, as you all know and saw in Kashmir. But it has been demonised, and to make it more palatable to Kashmiris, we are adding papier mache to its handles,” Sudeep Lakhtakia, Additional Director General, CRPF said. “With this we hope the non-lethal weapon will find a place in the eyes of Kashmiris without any ire.”

The state department of handicrafts has been asked to approach papier mache artisans and entrepreneurs for the purpose.

Hailing the initiative, the state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who was deprived of Culture recently, said that the initiative would go a long way in reviving the Kashmiri papier mache art.

“As pellet guns also attract a lot of publicity, the pictures of papier machie on pellet guns will give a boost to Kashmiri craft and tourism,” Drabu explained.

The Home Ministry has roped in heritage conservationist Saleem Beg, State Convener of the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to monitor the “dream project”. He will be assisted by Tassaduq Mufti, the cinematographer brother of J&K chief minister.

“We must understand that pellet guns and Kashmir are now inseparable from each other. The use of papier mache on pellet guns will be harmonious integration of Kashmir culture and Indian identity,” explains Beg.

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