J&K police purchased 18,100 bullet-proof jackets, 550 vehicles in 2017: DGP

3 Jan 2018

Over 18,000 bullet-proof jackets and 550 vehicles were purchased by Jammu and Kashmir Police during the year 2017, state Director General of Police (DGP), S P Vaid said today.

Vaid added that over 23,000 bullet-proof patkas (turbans) were also purchased during that period. "As many as 18,100 bullet-proof jackets and 550 different vehicles, which also include bullet-proof vehicles, have been purchased by the police department during the year 2017 for the safe and secure mobility of officers and jawans in the state," he said. The DGP mentioned that 18,100 bullet-proof jackets have been purchased by the police department in 2017, and that 6,100 of them have already been received and distributed. Similarly, of the 23,000 bullet proof patkas purchased, they have distributed 7,500 out of the 12,000 received so far, the DGP said. Vaid also informed about the ministry of home affairs granting approximately Rs 2400 crore for construction of police colonies of in Srinagar (3000 quarters) and Jammu (2000 quarters).

Meanwhile, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that Over 10,758 special police officers (SPOs) were engaged in the last two years in Jammu and Kashmir with over 83 per cent of them getting selected from militancy-prone districts of the valley. While 8992 SPOs were engaged in Kashmir zone, 1,457 were appointed in Jammu zone, the chief minister, who is minister- in-charge (home), said in a written reply in the Assembly. In addition, 309 others were selected for other wings of police like armed, criminal investigation department (CID), crime wing, railway, security, traffic and special security group (SSG), Mufti mentioned and added that the highest number of 1,392 SPOs were engaged in border district of Kupwara followed by 1,377 in Baramulla district and 1,275 in Srinagar district, the chief minister said. The four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir, saw a total of 2,556 SPO appointments in 2016 and 2017. Pulwama district leads with 885 appointments followed by Anantnag (812), Kulgam (531) and Shopian (328), Mufti said.

In Jammu zone, 385 SPOs were engaged in Jammu district, including 23 in Police Control Room. It was followed by Rajouri (270), Udhampur (185), Doda(142), Reasi (136), Ramban (115), Kathua (64), Sabma (58), Poonch (52) and Kishtwar (50) during the last two years. Among them, 1,406 were appointed last year against 51 in the previous year, Mufti said.