Guwahati, March 23: The 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 chili,” 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 has over 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chilli’s spiciness.
“The chilli grenade has been found fit for use after trials, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation,” Col. R. Kalia, a defence spokesman said. “This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists,” Mr R. B. Srivastava, the director of life sciences department at the New Delhi headquarters of the DRDO, said.