Maha Govt to seek Centre`s help to get bullet-proof jackets
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 20:45
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government would seek Centre's help to purchase bullet-proof jackets for the police force after none of the companies it approached could get its approval.

"We have requested the Centre to help us purchase 2,775 bullet-proof jackets since all the earlier companies failed at testing level," Home Minister R R Patil informed the Legislative Council today.

The state government had floated tender for purchase of jackets three times, but none of the companies got its approval, he said.

With no option left, the government approached the Centre to provide jackets given to NSG commandos, Patil said.

The government had received a lot of flak for the poor quality of the bullet-proof jackets which were worn by the slain police officials in the 26\11 terror attacks.

Patil said the jackets should not be too heavy and thick as they restrict movement of the person. The jackets used by the force now protect well only when the bullet is fired from beyond 30 feet, he added.

Replying to Mohan Joshi (Cong), the minister said 150 jackets were ordered for Pune city.


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 20:45

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