Have a relook on anti-landmine vehicles: Ex-DGPs
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 16:31
  
Ranchi: Former Jharkhand police chiefs on Sunday called for a re-look of anti-landmine vehicles as they are unable to withstand explosions often and suggested a support vehicle should follow it.

"Every aspect should be re-looked. Whether the personnel inside the anti-landmine vehicles are fastening their seat belts and wearing helmets?" former DGP V D Ram said.

"The anti-landmine vehicle can withstand about 30/40 kg explosives. If 50 to 80 kg explosives are used then it cannot endure the impact," he said a day after 13 policemen had been killed when Maoists blew up their anti-landmine vehicle at Bariganwa forest in Garwha district.

Stating that the even if the anti-landmine vehicle is tossed upto 30 feet high and falls down, the jawans, if worn safety belts and helmets, could survive, Ram said the jawans need not have to come out of the vehicle risking gunfire.

"There are holes in the vehicle to fire upon the attackers. Besides, a support vehicle carrying armed personnel should follow the anti-landmine vehicle some distance away to prevent Maoists from reaching it after any blast. These are the issues one should look into," Ram added.

Another ex-police chief R R Prasad said, "I am surprised to know why this vehicle failed to resist the explosion. We should examine the vehicle why it failed to resist the explosion".

Calling for a re-look into the model of anti-landmine vehicle, Prasad described that it as a trap laid by the Maoists in yesterday's incident and pointed out that rural areas have few alternative routes.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 16:31


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