Apart from adding new weaponry, state police jawans will be equipped with bullet and bomb proof vehicles
Chandigarh: Despite the fact that Punjab Police gave a befitting reply to Dinanagar terror attack by gunning down all three ‘Pak militants’ last year, the operation was debated on different forums with a focus on the need to equip the state cops with the essential weapons and protection gadgets.
Amid the reports that many of rifles missed fires during operation for different reasons. Comptroller and Auditor General of India had warned the state government of the possible threat well in advance by also categorically mentioning about the purchase of obsolete ammunition between 2011-14.
For the purpose, the state police is now in the process of procuring new Water Canons, Vajra (anti-riots vehicles), Gas Masks, Micro UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), Light Bullet-Proof Vehicle, Armoured Personnel Carrier, Bullet-Proof jackets, Night Vision Device and Polycarbonate Shields. Besides, two mines protected vehicles are also being purchased from the Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. The department is also getting some bullet proof tractors to go deep inside the agricultural fields.
The police will also have now Bullet Proof Morchas which will replace the conventional sand bag system. The whole project is worth about Rs 46 crore of which about ninety per cent share is being borne by the state government and the remaining will be borne by GoI.A highly placed officer in the Police Secretariat dealing with the matter informed that the state police are lacking such equipment and during Pathankot operation the cat had come out of the bag.
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