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Nitish to modernise police force in Bihar
Tribune News Service

Patna, March 25
The Nitish Kumar led-NDA government has decided to modernise the police force in Bihar at a cost of Rs 108 crore in the next fiscal year.

Under the police modernisation scheme the government has plans to purchase 4,059 Insas rifles, 13,681 self-loading rifles, 1,690 AK 47 rifles, 5,382 carbines, 66 rocket launchers, 1,665 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.

Mr Kumar, who also holds the Home portfolio, informed the Assembly that the dilapidated police stations would also be renovated along with the construction of new police lines and lock-ups.

Despite criticism by the Opposition RJD and the Congress, that the recent surrender and rehabilitation policy for criminals initiated by the state government would in reality push up the crime graph. Mr Kumar defended his stand and said over 200 criminals laid down their arms on March 21 in Supaul and Madhepura districts of north Bihar and vowed to return to the mainstream.

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