Published On : Mon, May 4th, 2015

Govt planning to equip policemen with high-quality polymer bulletproof jackets in Naxal-hit areas: Shinde

State Government will not hesitate in dismissing the suspended officials and employees of Nagpur Central Jail if situation warranted in the wake of escape of five dreaded criminals.

Minister Shinde (2)

Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde on Monday said that the State Government is planning to equip those policemen who are carrying out their duties in Naxal-affected areas with high-quality, light weight polymer bulletproof jackets. “The conventional bulletproof jackets, at present the policemen are provided with, weigh in seven kilogrammes and sometimes prove hurdles during operation in interior terrains and Naxal-infested areas. Keeping the fact in mind, the State Government is planning to provide the policemen with high-quality, light weight polymer bulletproof jackets,” said the Minister.

Shine was talking to media after paying a goodwill visit to families of martyred police jawans Doge Atram and Swarup Amrutkar in Gadchiroli District. The press conference, held at office of Superintendent of Police, was attended by MLAs Dr Devrao Holi, Krushna Gajbe, District Collector Ranjit Kumar, DIG Ravindra Kadam, Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil, Additional Superintendents of Police Rahul Shriram and Rajkumar Shinde.

The Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde consoled wife of martyr Doge Atram and mother of martyr Swarup Amrutkar and said that the State Government is with them in their moments of sadness. “Government is making all efforts and ensuring the necessary facilities to policemen on duty. The jawans deployed in the C-60 Force, established 25 years ago, are local and they are performing their duties in the tradition of excellence,” asserted Shinde in appreciation.

Mother of martyred jawan Swarup Amrutkar submitted a memorandum of demands that included a sophisticated helicopter, bravery medals, high-quality bulletproof jackets, medically knowledgeable jawans with C-60 Force teams, etc. The Minister said that a proposal on conferring the martyred jawans Doge Atram and Swarup Amrutkar with bravery medals has already been sent Central Giovernment. Similarly, the District Collector has sent a proposal to State Government for providing houses to surrendered Naxals. He will pursue the matter further as a Minister of State for Home, said Shinde. “The State Government has prepared a Rs 500 crore scheme to provide Hudco houses to policemen. A provision of Rs 300 crore has been made in the Budget. The Gadchiroli district will be given priority under this scheme,” said Shinde.

The Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde, after his tour of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur, talked to media in Nagpur. He said that the newly constructed Rs 13 crore jail would start functioning shortly. The process of recruitment of officials and employees to be deployed at the new jail will soon get underway, said Shinde. Replying to a question on the jailbreak in Nagpur Central Jail and escape of five dreaded criminals, the Minister said that already some top officials and employees of the jail have been suspended and the Government will not hesitate in dismissing them from service if the situation warranted. On the villages situated in Telangana border some of which are also part of Maharashtra, the minister said the villages should not be far away from the periphery of the State. A detailed discussion will be held with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the problem will be sorted out in cooperation of his Telangana counterpart, stated the Minister.

“Police force in Maharashtra is facing shortage of hands. A recruitment drive will be undertaken in the month of October on a larger scale and all the posts lying vacant since past many days will be filled up. The police force will be made of high caliber in order to face many challenges in today’s era of Internet and social sites networking,” declared the Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde.

Shinde further said that the truth behind the shooting in Mumbai in which an ASI fired bullets on a senior police official and then shot himself dead will come out after a thorough investigation.

DIG Ravindra Kadam and Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh were also present at the press conference.