With terrorists lately targeting the convoys of security forces in Kashmir and left wing extremism affected states, government is procuring 141 medium bulletproof vehicles (MBPVs) for the central paramilitary forces so that jawans/officers can safely reach the operation sites and camps.
Officials said that 100 bulletproof vehicles out of 141 are being exclusively purchased for CRPF, which will allow the force to conduct law and order duties and carry out special operations without the fear of being attacked on the highways.
20 MBPVs will be given to Indo-Tibetan Border Police in Chhattisgarh, 15 to Sashastra Seema Bal and six to CISF battalion posted in J&K. The government has already allocated Rs 100 crore for the MBPVs, which, officials said, will be pushed into service very soon. The first batch of 20 bulletproof vehicles is likely to arrive in next two months.
The new vehicles can withstand bullets fired from small and AK series weapons, which are largely used by terrorists sent from across the border by Pakistan and the local cadres of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and other groups, said an officer requesting anonymity. Each vehicle, the officer added, can carry 10 to 12 jawans/officers. Read More…