A bomb that smelt like sewage and was intended to scatter protesters has turned out to be worthless in India due to the “high threshold of Indians to tolerate stench,” reports Hindustan Times. This smelly bomb has been used by Israeli forces since 2008 through water cannons against Palestinian protesters. However, in India, it did not meet the efficacy standards of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Quoting a senior CRPF official, Hindustan Times reported, “It is called Skunk and is in liquid form. It can be mixed with water for spraying on mobs.” The officer, who did not want to be named, also said, “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.” He said that the tests were carried out in Delhi.
The smell released from this bomb lasts for days and does not fade away even after multiple showers. The official also said that the liquid used in the bomb does not pose any harm. “Those who can ignore smell can drink the liquid also,” added the official. Another official, who was also a part of team that tested the stench bomb, told Hindustan Times, “We used it on a captive crowd… consisting of CRPF personnel and general public. But they managed to tolerate the smell without much difficulty. Maybe Indians have a higher threshold of tolerating stench.”
In a conservation with HT, the CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar said, “We do not share reports of such tests.” The security forces in Kashmir made use of pellet guns to control the protesters after militant commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in July last year, but it injured people and blinded many due to the small metal balls in the weapons. After this incident, the government decided to look for alternative measures to control protesters which include making the use of shells that are made out of organic compounds found in chili. The CRPF says it is also looking out for other harmless methods to control the protests that take place in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country.