Mumbai: Maharashtra Government would
procure around 2,000 bullet-proof jackets as part of efforts
to modernise the police force in the backdrop of the 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks.
"Home Minister R R Patil has directed the authorities
to initiate the process for buying the jackets from an agency
certified by the Centre," an official said.
The agency supplies these jackets to the Border
Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force and National
The jackets cost between Rs 32,000 and Rs 45,000 and
have been tested at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory,
The Department has received flak over the quality of
the bullet-proof jackets worn by officers like slain ATS chief
Hemant Karkare who took on the terrorists during the attacks.
Kavita Karkare, widow of Hemant Karkare, has flayed
Congress-led state government for providing poor-quality
jacket to her husband.