J&K police gets feather in the cap as MHA sanctions Rs 1000 Crore police modernization plan

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Force to get new fleet of bullet proof vehicles, hi-tech chest shields; sophisticated weaponry system

Nasir Azam

Srinagar, Oct 15 (KNO): In a significant development, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to infuse a new energy into the Jammu and Kashmir police force by introducing modified version of bullet proof-vehicles, sophisticated weaponry system and hi-tech bullet proof chest shields to deal with the challenge of militancy effectively. For this, the MHA has sanctioned Rs 1000 Crore package that will be enhanced with the passage of time.

To being with, J&K police will get a fleet of 50 modern armoured vehicles that will have Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in it and also a brand new first-aid kit along with all the facilities to deal the injuries in times of encounters or other conflict related situation.

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A top official in the MHA told wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the decision to modernize the J&K police that has one lakh members across all three regions of the erstwhile State, was taken in a recent security review where National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was also present.

“It was decided to upgrade the J&K police force in both Union Territories (UTs)—Ladakh and J&K,” an MHA official privy to the meeting revealed. He said that J&K police would also get a sophisticated weaponry that include automatic rifles and hi-tech bullet proof shields. “In future, special helmets will also be provided to the policemen involved in anti-militancy operations,” he said. “This all will be done under the police modernization program of the MHA. After a year or so, J&K police will also have anti-mine vehicles fitted with IED detection system.”

The official said that MHA has also decided to take small batches of J&K police out of the UTs for special training that includes commando training, anti-militancy training, guarding special and VIP guests, guarding security installations, maintaining vigils, detecting and defusing Improvised Explosive Devices and other bombs.

In the long run, the officer said that such training courses will be conducted within J&K and Ladakh only. “However, that will be take some time,” the official told KNO.

He said that in the meeting, role of J&K in dealing with multiple challenges including law and order, militancy and maintaining public rapport was hailed. The MHA, according to the officials also said that a series of steps will be also taken to ensure de-stressing of J&K cops.

The Centre, according to the sources, is also mulling to change the rank s of Director General of Police J&K to J&K Police Commissioner (JKPC), while as Inspector Generals of Police will be known as Assistant Police Commissioners (ACPs). According to sources, police stations in both UTs will also be modified and laced with latest technology to deal with the crimes and to conclude investigations within a set time frame. 

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