Police wearing Bulletproof Jacket
Pune 04 Feb 2017 (PCP NEWS) : 1430 Bullet Proof jackets are returned as they failed against the AK 47 Bullet testing during the trials said V V LAXMINARAYANA Additional Director General of Police for Procurement and Coordination, to PCP NEWS here this morning.
The ADG further said that, Maharashtra police have returned 1430 one third of total bullet-proof vests, out of 4600 received to the manufacturer, as they failed the test. These Bullet Proof Jackets were ordered aftermath of the 26/11 terror attacks are returned to their manufacturer as they failed
LAXMINARAYANA further added that “We have sent back more than 1400 bulletproof jackets to their manufacturer as they did not pass our test with AK-47 bullets,”. Maharashtra police had ordered 5,000 bullet-proof vests from the company, which also provides such jackets to other Central security forces, for Rs 17 crore but received 4600 pieces after factoring in Customs duty and other charges. During the trials conducted at the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory, only around 3,000 jackets passed the test, rest 1,430 jackets were rejected as AK-47 bullets pierced through them during the tests.
ADG Laxminarayana also added that “We have asked the manufacturer to replace the 1,430 jackets with a fresh stock. There will be no compromise on the quality and standards of the bulletproof jackets and we will take a delivery from the same manufacturer after testing those bulletproof jackets again,”.
A major controversy had erupted on the quality of bulletproof jackets after the death of ATS chief Hemant Karkare in the 2008 terror attacks. Karkare was seen putting on the bulletproof vest in the last visuals, before the jeep he was travelling in was attacked in south Mumbai. The controversy was one of the main reasons that no company was willing to supply the jackets in multiple tenders floated by Maharashtra Police since the 2008 attacks.
The state police started receiving the consignment of jackets in the last quarter of 2017—the ninth anniversary year of the attacks The jackets are primarily meant to be used by police personnel during anti-Maoist operations in Gadchiroli district and in other pockets, by the Quick Response Team (QRT) of Mumbai Police and the Force One, the elite commando force raised after the terror strikes. PCP/SDJ 11 45