Since 26/11, GRP has received only eight bulletproof vests
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Last Updated: Friday, February 04, 2011, 22:19
  
Mumbai: Over two years after the busy Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) witnessed bloodbath during 26/11 carnage, police guarding railway stations that are on terror groups' radar have received only eight bullet-proof jackets as against the requirement of 220 vests.

This was disclosed by Police Commissioner (Government Railway Police) Tukaram Chavan while giving details of annual "crime sheet" under railway jurisdiction today.

"Following the Mumbai terror attacks, the government decided to give us bullet-proof jackets. We requested for 220 jackets, but so far we have received just eight," he said.

The delay in procurement is because formalities are taking a long time for completion, Chavan said.

"We hope to receive more jackets very soon."

The Mumbai's suburban railway network ferries more than seven million commuters daily. GRP has a total of 35,000 personnel guarding the railway stations round the clock in the metropolis. Apart from GRP, Railway Protection Force has also been deployed to guard the railway network.

During the 2008 attacks, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and his associate Abu Ismail barged into the CST station, one of the busiest in India, and indiscriminately fired at people killing over 50.

PTI


First Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 22:19


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