Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bihar govt to purchase modern weaponry to tackle crime: Nitish

Bihar government has decided to modernise the police force at a cost of Rs 108 crore in the next fiscal with acquisition of modern weapons, vehicles and other equipment, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar informed the state assembly.

The announcement was made by Kumar while replying to the budgetary demand of Home department totalling over Rs 1553 crore which was passed by voice vote after rejecting the cut motion of Jagdanand Singh (RJD).

Kumar, who also holds the Home portfolio, said under the police modernisation scheme the government would purchase 4059 Insas rifles, 13681 self-loading rifles, 1690 AK 47 rifles, 5382 carbines, 66 rocket launchers, 1665 bullet proof jackets, 39 passive night vision devices, 434 commando lights, 40 mines protected vehicles, 79 bullet proof gypsies, 50 anti-riot control vehicles, 21 speed boats, 700 jeeps, 35 ambulances and 156 gypsies.

The Chief Minister said the dilapidated police stations would be renovated and new police lines and lock-ups constructed.

He justified the government's "surrender and rehabilitation policy for hardened criminals under which 191 outlaws laid down their arms on March 21 in Supaul and Madhepura districts of north Bihar and vowed to return to the social maintstream.

"The government is committed to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony in the state and the surrender policy is a positive step in that direction. I hope that many more people will come forward and contribute to the development of Bihar," the Chief Minister said.
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