Police to buy itching powder spray guns, coloured tear gas shells

Police are looking to purchase a new type of spray guns, which will have itching powder inside the magazine. These, police said, will help control violent crowd.

During the Sunday protest at the India Gate, police lobbed more around 200 tear gas shells, but these did not stop the violent crowd.

Police said the spray guns with itching powder will make it difficult for protesters to stay on and indulge in violence.

"The spray guns have a harmless chemical powder. When sprayed, it makes skin itchy. The protesters will have to wash it off to get rid of the itching. Tear gas shells work only temporarily, the effect of the sting is temporary. This itching powder spray will help us contain the violence and disperse the protesters in the future," a senior police officer said.

Police will also be sending a proposal for the sanction of coloured tear gas shells, which stains the body of the person affected by it. Police said this would help them in identifying the violent protesters during investigations.

"Very often, it becomes difficult for our official police photographer to record the riots or the photograph of all the lumpens. The new shells will throw colour on the body of a person, which takes days to be washed. This will help us in arresting the person involved in the violence," the officer said.

Five cases have been registered in the Sunday violence by police, but they have a tough task ahead of analysing video footage of news channels to identify the unruly elements.

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