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State Police get sanction for arms
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Jan. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Nagaland Police have received sanction for purchase of 2000 SLRs and 11.5 Lakh ammunitions from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently. IGP (Admn) PHQ spokesman L. L. Doungel IPS who had just returned from Delhi after pursuing the matter with the MHA revealed to Nagaland Post on Monday that the sanction for the purchase of 2000 SLRs was made through alternative arrangement from other police organization. He said the state got it from the SSB and could be collected anytime. Nagaland Police for the past few years had been functioning with acute shortage of arms and ammunition. Three IRBn including the 12th, 13th and 14th IRBn and also the newly raised Mahila Bn have been functioning without any arms and ammunition as the MHA had delayed sanction for purchase of arms and ammunition. The issue cropped up in the question hour during the last assembly session. It was revealed that the state police was forced to totally stop even the annual category firing since 2006 due to shortage of ammunition which arose after new purchases were stopped. With the new sanction from the MHA, the state police can now resume the annual category firing, the police spokesman. He said that the newly received sanction of arms would be used to replenish the shortages of arms in all units and also the DEF. Further, the police spokesman also revealed that the state PHQ had received intimation from Trichi Indian Ordinance Factory Truchipali in Tamil Nadu for collection of 1350 SLRs which was sanctioned by the MHA for the 12th and 13th IRBn sometime in August and for which Performa Invoice and payment was made sometime in September later to the ordinance factory. He added that the delivery of these arms however would be on two phases. In the first phase, 700 SLR would be delivered by the ordinance factory to the state police while the remaining would be delivered after some few months time, he added. It may be mentioned that as per procedure, purchase of any arms and ammunition by any state police organization or Central Police Organization in the country goes through the BSF which is the nodal agency and then goes to the Ordinance Factory Board and MHA for final clearance. Meanwhile, the PHQ spokesman said that shortage of other sophisticated arms such as AK series and INSAS would be procured later through Police Modernization schemes.

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