Indian military to weaponise world's hottest chili
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 immobilize suspects, defense officials said.
The 'bhut jolokia' was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world's spiciest chili. 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.
Image: In this July 4, 2007 file photo, a farmer shows a "Bhut jolokia" or "ghost chili" pepper plucked from his field in Assam.
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