Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa Thursday said the police force should be well
equipped with the modern weaponry and adequate knowledge on its usage to combat militants and terrorists.
"Today, the scenario has metamorphosed into not mobs
hurling bricks but mobsters wielding AK 47s.We cannot let the
police be outgunned and overwhelmed," she said at a police
Referring to the November, 2008 Mumbai terror strikes, she
said a video clipping showing a "gunman in Chhatrapati Shivaji
Terminus firing indiscriminately with an AK 47 while a brave
constable tried to return fire with a .303 rifle is still
green. Unable to make any impact, he finally flings a chair at
the gunman," she said.
Speaking after presenting medals to winners of 11th All
India Police Rifle and Revolver/Pistol Shooting Competition,
she said besides acquiring modern weaponry, equal importance
should be given in handling these weapons effectively.
"Firing has to be precise and accurate so that the
terrorist is either gunned down or overpowered, leaving
innocent people unharmed. Shooting down the hostage-takers is
not good enough if the hostages also get killed in wild firing
or in cross-fire. Marksmanship therefore becomes important.
"Apart from this, a Policeman also has to be able to
distinguish the terrorists from the hostages and innocent
bystanders. The ability of the rescuer to take a decision in a
fraction of a second will make the difference between life and
death for hapless people caught in the middle," she said.
Quoting from epic Mahabaratha on how Arjun told his guru
Dhronacharya that he saw only the eyes of the target bird
while aiming with his arrow, Jayalalithaa said the hallmark of
a good marksman was this kind of concentration.
"We must also remember that firing is one skill that can
kill. It needs to be practiced, not in a casual or
light-hearted manner, but with the greatest care and caution,
almost with reverence," she said.
She also noted that nine women participants were also
part of the All India Shooting Competition.