Gujarat Police becomes 1st state police to introduce taser guns

Gujarat Police becomes 1st state police to introduce taser guns

The Gujarat Police is now equipped with taser guns as a part of their modernization drive to ensure public safety and security. By introducing the taser guns as part of police weapons, Gujarat becomes the first state in India. The taser guns (electrical weapon) use compressed nitrogen to fire, by sending electricity through attached wires, which disrupt voluntary control of muscles.

Police response in such adverse situations has always been under scrutiny for it is either disproportionate or ineffective. Whenever firearms are used to control a violent situation, it is alleged that police uses excessive force than the required creating more litigation against police officers. 

The search for an alternate use of lethal firearms by law enforcement agencies culminated in developing non-lethal weapons such as taser guns. A taser gun uses compressed nitrogen to fire two probes that attach to a subject, sending electricity through attached wires. These electricity signals temporarily overwhelm communications to muscles, rendering the subject temporarily incapacitated and allowing officers to safely restrain and handle the situation," said the statement from the DGP's office.