Israeli Stink Bombs Don’t Smell Bad Enough for Indians

© REUTERS / Danish IsmailIndian police chase the demonstrators during a protest after Eid al-Fitr prayers, in Srinagar June, 26, 2017
Indian police chase the demonstrators during a protest after Eid al-Fitr prayers, in Srinagar June, 26, 2017 - Sputnik International
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An Israeli stink bomb meant to control crowds has failed tests in India because Indians are used to such smells and are okay with it. The bombs were to be deployed against stone-pelters in Kashmir and were tested there, as well as in Delhi.

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New Delhi (Sputnik) — The bomb, named Skunk, which smells like raw sewage and rotting human bodies, was to be used as a non-lethal measure. Indian authorities tested this product in Delhi by mixing it with liquid and sprayed on crowds by water cannon but test results disappointed the security personnel.

"The CRPF decided to test a few samples of the Israeli product a few months back. Tests were conducted and the stink bomb was found ineffective," said one of the officers present at the test to the Hindustan Times. "Those who can ignore [the] smell can drink the liquid also."

A CRPF official in Delhi confirmed the result to Sputnik but did not provide details. "We used it on a captive crowd… consisting of CRPF personnel and the general public. But they managed to tolerate the smell without much difficulty. Maybe Indians have a higher threshold of tolerating stench," official said.
Indian security personnel used pellet guns against protesters in Kashmir which injured many and killed dozens in last year's protest. Many protesters sustained permanent eye injuries last year due to pellet guns following the widespread protests over the death of local Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter.

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Following the uproar caused by the injuries, the government had considered the use of PAVA shells but CRPF and other forces continue to use pellet guns to stone-pelting mobs. CRPF then considered using the Skunk bomb.

Government records pointed to a sharp fall in stone pelting this year. "A total of 1,590 incidents of stone pelting were registered in 2016, this year the latest figures are 424, which is half of what was last year," RR Bhatnagar, Director General, CRPF, said. Nevertheless, more than 60,000 CRPF troops have been deployed in Kashmir alone to control the crowd.

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