Israeli-made Sewage-stinking Weapon Not Smelly Enough to Deter Indian Protesters

Though Israeli security forces find it effective against Palestinians, Indian protesters prove more tolerant to sewage-stinking weapon nicknamed 'Skunk'

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Israeli army using the 'skunk' during an exercise, 2011.
Israeli army using the 'skunk' during an exercise, 2011. Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

After an incident that left many Kashmir protestors dead and blinded last year at the hands of Indian forces with pellet guns, the Indian government turned to Israel for a non-lethal method of crowd containment. 

The Central Reserve Police Force then decided to give the Israeli "stink bomb" a try, a non-lethal but notoriously foul, sewage-smelling liquid nicknamed "Skunk" that can be mixed with water and sprayed on protesters. The smell takes days to fade from the skin of demonstrators, even after multiple showers.

In a test run, the bomb liquid was sprayed on a "captive crowd" in India but to no avail. What the CPRF discovered, as reported by the Hindustan Times, is that the foul-smelling weapons employed by Israeli security forces on Palestinian protestors are wholly ineffective on their Indian counterparts.

The Indian tolerance for smell, it appears, is too great for the almighty "Skunk." The test was carried out in Delhi, a dense megalopolis known well for its colorful stenches emanating from overflowing landfills, public toilets and the like.  

Israeli security forces firing the 'Skunk' onto demonstrates during the 2014 Gaza War.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

"We have used chili grenades, plastic shell tear smoke, stun grenades, color-smoke grenades, rubber bullets, dye-marker grenades with skin irritant and multi-tier tear-gas launchers," an Indian home ministry official told Telegraph India, "but they did not yield the desired result."

"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,” an official who was part of the team which tested the bomb said.

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