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Bulletproof vests: Minister,police chief talk different

Even as Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh maintained that the state government has rejected important proposals...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 5, 2009 3:28:49 am

Even as Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh maintained that the state government has rejected important proposals,including that for obtaining bulletproof jackets for city police,state Home Minister Jayant Patil said no legitimate proposal has been rejected.

“I have not come across such a proposal from Pune police. No legitimate proposal has been rejected,at the same time we don’t entertain wrong proposals,” Patil told reporters here on Thursday.

Singh said he had once again forwarded the rejected proposals to the home department for reconsideration. “The proposals were rejected without citing any reasons. We had prepared them after detailed study.”

The Pune police had sent 31 proposals,demanding modern weapons,equipment,technology,more manpower and vehicles,six months before the Common Wealth Youth Games in October 2008. Of this,the government rejected four proposals — purchase of bulletproof jackets,X-ray machines,total containment vehicle and sophisticated weapons.

When asked if the proposals of Pune police were not legitimate,Patil said,“The proposals have not come to me. The police commissioner has not spoken to me about these proposals.” Sources said the Pune police have very few bulletproof jackets,and they weigh 14 kg while lighter vests are available in the market.

On the disappearance of a file relating to alleged use of substandard bulletproof jackets by Mumbai cops for fighting terrorists on 26/11,Patil said,“Disappearance of file does not mean corruption. Transparency was maintained while purchasing the jackets.”

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