How many other countries will be interested in this new weapon against supposed terrorists?
The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world’s hottest chilli.
After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized “bhut jolokia”, or “ghost chilli”, to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilise suspects, defence officials said on Tuesday.
The bhut jolokia was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world’s spiciest chilli. It is grown and eaten in India’s northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.
It has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chilli’s spiciness. Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2500 to 5000 Scoville units, while jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2500 to 8000.
“The chilli grenade has been found fit for use after trials in Indian defence laboratories, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation,” Colonel R. Kalia, a defence spokesman in the northeastern state of Assam, said.
“This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs,” R. B. Srivastava, the director of the Life Sciences Department at the New Delhi headquarters of the DRDO, said.