Maharashtra Govt to import arms for police

Maharashtra`s Home Department today announced a new arms policy, taking into consideration aspects like anti-terrorism, anti-Maoism and law and order.

Mumbai: Maharashtra`s Home Department
today announced a new arms policy, taking into consideration
aspects like anti-terrorism, anti-Maoism and law and order.

The policy, a revision of the earlier one, was
initiated by Home Minister R R Patil, seeks to arm police
force with latest weapons to tackle threats from various
fronts.

The policy would help arm police force with modern
pistols, assault rifles, sub machine guns, rocket launchers,
LMG and sniper rifles.

The government has made funds available on priority
basis for procuring arms and ammunition, Patil said.

Specific arms would be imported, the minister said.

The Department would review the policy in three years,
he said. The policy would also be applicable for state reserve
police.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan recently made a proposal
of Rs.1,968 crore to the Central Government for the
modernisation and upgrading of the state police force, and
to help wipe out terrorism and Maoism from the state.

Since the state`s resources to counter these are
limited, Chavan appealed to the Central Government to make
suitable budgetary provisions for the purpose.

-PTI

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