Smelly bomb planned to douse protests doesn’t raise a stink

A bomb that smells like sewage and was intended to be used on protesters in Kashmir and elsewhere has been found to be a dud. Reason: the “high threshold of Indians to tolerate stench”. Israeli security forces have been using the bomb on Palestinian protesters through water cannons since 2008, but it didn’t meet the standards of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). “It is called Skunk and is in liquid form. It can be mixed with water for spraying on mobs,” said a senior CRPF official who didn’t want to be named because he isn’t authorised to speak to the media.

“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.” The tests were carried out in Delhi”. The official said the liquid used in the bomb is harmless. “Those who can ignore smell can drink the liquid also,” said the official who has seen a report of the test. The bomb’s smell takes days to fade even after showers. “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,” said another official who was part of the team which tested the bomb. CRPF is searching for non-lethal methods to control mobs in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in the country