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NEW DELHI-Aid Diplomacy in Action

found in the series of inquiry reports that force was often used disproportionately and unnecessarily and not with a view to stopping the disturbance or preventing jail-escape. At a certain stage, force was used to take revenge on the prisoners who created the disturbance or attempted to escape from jail, Many hearts can be won by using tact with firmness rather than by breaking heads. In particular, warder gttarvls should be trained in how and when to resort to lathi-charge or gunfire to achieve the object without loss of life ami limbs as far as practicable. Not only is the method applied for tackling prisoners crude and archaic, the weapons supplied to and used by the jail staff are also crude and obsolete in modern days. The main weapons used are lathis and guns, but at the initial stage both can be avoided. In particular, the application of the water hose at the initial stage of a disturbance may be effective in very many cases. At the next stage, if necessary, teargas may be used to quell such disturbances. If these are found inadequate or ineffective only then lathis may be used oh appropriate parts of the body and in proper proportion so that there may not be unnecessary injuries or uncalled for deaths Lastly, the ammunition' supplied required overhauling. Bullet 403 is too dangerous, particularly foruse against unarmed prisoners and bullets should be used only in large disturbances where the prisoners are similarly armed. But in normal times. buckshots in smaller quantities should be enough. The Prison Administration and the state government should also consider the use of such weapons as are often used to shoot wild animals with a view to taming them rather than killing them.

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