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MP tribal group offers traditional slingshot for forces deployed in Kashmir

“A Gofan battalion of local tribal youth should be constituted and be posted in Kashmir Valley to deal with the stone-pelters. This battalion will be a suitable answer to stone-pelters,” Prem Singh, a 26-year-old tribal youth of Lakhpur village of Jhabua district, told PTI.
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Jhabua | Posted : Apr 21 2017 1:55AM | Updated: Apr 21 2017 1:17AM

Tribal youth in a remote Madhya Pradesh region have offered their expertise in using slingshots to help the paramilitary forces in countering protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.

The youths in tribal dominated district - Jhabua - in western Madhya Pradesh have offered their traditional expertise in Gofan - similar to a slingshot by using a looped cord with a knitted bag attached to the one end.

“A Gofan battalion of local tribal youth should be constituted and be posted in Kashmir Valley to deal with the stone-pelters. This battalion will be a suitable answer to stone-pelters,” Prem Singh, a 26-year-old tribal youth of Lakhpur village of Jhabua district, told PTI.

The leaders from Congress and BJP also supported the formation of such a squad comprising local youth, who are masters of this art.

“Government should form a ‘Gofan Stone Pelters Squad’ to deal with the situation in Kashmir Valley,” former Congress MLA from Jhabua, Xavier Medha said.

Local historian K K Trivedi told PTI that the cord is swerved after placing the pebble/small stone in the bag. The pebble/small stone moves towards the target at a fast pace when released.