Sunday, February 28, 2010

Centre refutes Modi’s charge on forces’ shooting practice

28 Feb 2010, 0114 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Centre has rebutted Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s charge that it had recently asked the security forces to restrict their
shooting target practice to once in three years citing “financial constraint.” The Bureau for Police Research & Development (BPF&D) has clarified that its last circular to the states dated January 5, 2001, had only recommended the minimum number of rounds that should be fired in the initial practice and the renewal practice.

“BPR&D wishes to clarify that no other circular was issued by the BPR&D or by the government of India after January 5, 2001. The above-mentioned circular did not refer to any financial constraints in respect of firing practice,” BPR&D chief Prasun Mukherjee told ET.

The BPR&D clarification comes in response to Mr Modi’s address at the BJP national executive meet in Indore last week. Mr Modi had alleged that the Centre, in a recent circular, had asked the forces to carry out target practice only once in three years. “The Naxalites carry out their shooting practice thrice a day... But a recent circular...while citing financial constraints, has asked the security forces to restrict their target practice to once in three years...The government does not have the funds to buy ammunition,” alleged Mr Modi while offering to pay for the explosives. “In the absence of adequate training, how can my police fight the Naxalites,” Mr Modi had asked.

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