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Move Over Pellets or Tear Gas, Here is ‘Stink Bomb’ to Disperse Protesters

Indian security forces are contemplating using stink bomb instead of usual pellet guns or other deterrents to mob stone pelting practise and tests are underway on some prototypes.

The Guinness Book of Records has listed two stink bombs – US Government Standard Bathroom Malodor with a mixture of eight chemicals resembling human feces smell while the other titled “Who me?”, is a mixture of five sulfur-related chemicals and smells like rotting food and dead bodies. Usually, harmless stink bombs use ammonium sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs.

The Kannauj-based Indian Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre (FFDC) has proposed a “stink bomb” that can burst to emit smoke with a “stinking” odour that can put off the stone pelters and keep them leave the place in disgust.

Currently, the other effects of such stink bomb are under evaluation and the FFDC is testing the impact on health when people breathe the bad odour from the burst of a stink bomb.

A report by ANI said the minister of state for Micro Medium and Small Industries (MSME) Giriraj Singh had asked the Defence Ministry to review the stink bomb and provide necessary guidelines and approval.

The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is likely to conduct tests and certify on its use or improvements before using it on people. Israel and the United States are also developing stink bombs as riot control and area denial weapons.


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