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Stone-pelters bend down, get hit by pellets in eye, we aim at legs: CDS Bipin Rawat

States sponsoring terrorism should be diplomatically isolated and made to face “hard action”, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said, making a reference to Pakistan on Thursday while speaking at an event in Delhi.

Speaking for the first time at a public platform after taking over as CDS, Gen Rawat was part of a panel discussion on terrorism.

Commenting on the usage of pellet guns in Kashmir, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat said that the non-lethal weapon is “sparingly used” in Kashmir and even then they are aimed at the legs.

Gen Rawat said those throwing stones face action. “Stones can cause death. Now we cannot be throwing stones back at them. Pellet guns are non lethal weapons and are fired at the legs,” he said.

He clarified that most of the eye injuries are caused because those pelting stones bend to the ground to pick up stones and because pellet guns are fired at the legs they get hit them in the eyes.

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