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Bulletproof vests: Police float fresh tender

Within days of new appointments at the police headquarters,the Maharashtra police has made a fresh bid to procure bulletproof jackets by renewing the tender for the same.

Within days of new appointments at the police headquarters,the Maharashtra police has made a fresh bid to procure bulletproof jackets by renewing the tender for the same.

In a tender issued on Thursday,the police have invited bids for supplying 2,000 bulletproof jackets to the state police. The tender will be opened on October 20.

The need for good bulletproof jackets was highlighted after former ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 terror attack despite wearing a jacket as it could not protect him from AK-47 bullets fired from close.

Immediately after the attacks in November 2008,Maharashtra and Mumbai police had gone on a shopping spree and sought bulletproof jackets,but had failed to procure them. Some jackets procured for the Quick Response Team were borrowed.

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“The procurement is for the entire state and the number of jackets depends on the financial allocation available this year. We will also be procuring more jackets gradually,” a senior police officer said.

Last year in April,Home Minister R R Patil had rued that not a single jacket could be procured till May 2010,well over a year after the first tender was issued. Due to controversy surrounding bulletproof jackets,the state government had decided to get the jackets from Central government. Patil had said the government had not found a manufacturer and seller who could provide the required quality (Level IV) of bulletproof jackets.

Patil had recently announced that the Central government will hand over 2,000 bulletproof jackets to Maharashtra police.

First published on: 15-10-2011 at 03:52:36 am
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