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The Bhut Jolokia (a.k.a. Ghost chili), the India version of the hot pepper, might be coming to a riot near you...Bhut Jolokia when eaten, is described as the equivalent to dying. It causes an indescribable pain within the mouth that can last up to an hour, and if you get a dash of this stuff in your eyes, well, I won't even go there! Compared to the infamous Red Savina Habanero pepper from Mexico, the heat coming off of this bad boy is only a fraction of that of the Bhut Jolokia.
Bhut Jolokia has so far had very limited applications as a XXX spice for daredevils and repellent for rogue elephants. By smothering the contents of the peppers onto the fences and trees where elephants are confined, it creates an almost impenetrable barrier. It seems that elephants are just as repelled by this super hot pepper as most people are.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) however is in the process of developing a new use for Bhut Jolokia. They are taking the essence of the peppers and developing non-lethal "grenades" which could be used by police and military to aid in the dispersal of unruly protests and riots.
The DRDO is hopeful these grenades will make an effective, natural substitute during counter-insurgency operations, which normally necessitates the use of such chemical warfare as tear gas. These rare peppers are grown in the extreme northeastern end of India, in the small state known as Nagaland.