May 25, 2016 2:42:12 am
Two days after The Indian Express reported that an alleged Maoist, detained by Bijapur Police, escaped with arms and ammunition on May 18 after winning the trust of the personnel of Basaguda police station, the top anti-Left Wing Extremism officer in Chhattisgarh police has written to SPs across the state issuing directions regarding storage of arms and ammunition.
In his letter, Special DG, Anti-Naxal Operations, D M Awasthi has sought strict enforcement of police regulations with regard to weapons. The letter says, “The distribution of weapons should only be based on necessity. The keeping and destruction of seized items and IEDs must also be done according to the rules and regulations with safety and security kept in mind.”
Awasthi has written that from here on, “special attention must be paid to the storage and upkeep of weapons. The weapons must be issued only during duty, and once that ends it must be collected from personnel, and during this process, records of the name of the person it is being issued to must be kept scrupulously. Signatures must be taken of the same.”
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