Friday, December 12, 2008

Goa police to be boosted with 300 AK 56 rifles

The Goa home ministerMumbai terror does have a few positives in the horror’s aftermath. As a seemingly clear fallout of the weak terror response in Mumbai and in a bid to strengthen the security preparedness in Goa, the security cover here, is most likely to be boosted as was evident from the Goa home Minister Mr. Ravi naik’s promise made at a meeting with over 100 policemen .

The proposal of the Home Minister to purchase 300 modern weapons such as the AK 56 rifles or INSAS gunsak56/INSAS guns and bulletproof jackets to equip the Goa police with the latest armoury must have sent aGoa police bulletproof jackets lot of relief to the under-armed police force of Goa. The procurement is expected to cost around Rs 15 crore and the requirement is expected to be made as soon as the permission is obtained from the central government. Mr Ravi Naik also mentioned that in case the centre fails in providing the same then the state will raise the money from its own resources although he insisted that the centre was very promising in financially helping the state.

The Home Minister spoke about his concern at the security threats facing the country and the readiness of Goa to face any eventuality including the readiness of the coast guard, Goa police and the Navy. He also briefed about the directions given to beat groups to check the antecedents and the credentials of various households in goa, seeking a detailed report on crimes etc.

The home minister also expressed his approval for periodical check-ups for police personnel above 40 years to ensure their physical and mental capabilities to undertake the immense pressures of the police force efficiently.

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