Mumbai police yet to buy vests that withstand AK 47 bullets
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:49
Mumbai: Two years after Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was felled by terrorists during the 26/11 attacks, the state government is still in the process of procuring high-quality jackets that could withstand bullets from AK 47 rifles, a top police official said Thursday

Karkare had been killed despite wearing a bullet-proof jacket, sparking a row over their efficacy.

According to the official, a tender for the purchase of 2000 high-standard vests which cannot not be pierced by bullets from advanced weapons, including AK variety rifles, had been floated recently.

Karkare's wife Kavita, who had raised doubts about the quality of the jacket worn by her husband when he received fatal injuries, had stirred a major controversy when she said information made available to her through an RTI query revealed that the vest had gone missing.

The state's Congress-NCP government had come under opposition attack following Kavita's accusations of sub-standard jacket having resulted in Karkare's death.

As the controversy snowballed, it transpired that the file related to the purchase too had gone missing. An inquiry later found that the jacket worn by Karkare was disposed of by the hospital staff by mistake. It was never found.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:49

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