Published On: Sat, Jan 11th, 2014
Published in Category: Karachi

Only 2000 bulletproof jackets for 27000 policemen

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KARACHI: Twenty seven thousand Karachi police personnel are using less than 2000 bulletproof jackets for their own security which were also purchased 10 years before.

Details said all bulletproof jackets have become ineffective now, because several police personnel have lost their lives despite of wearing these jackets.

Sources said one bulletproof jacket which can protect from the bullet of Semi-auto Machine Gun (SMG) costs Rs 70000, while 500 police constables have lost their lives in 2 years due to ineffective jackets.

Government has allocated Rs one billion in police budget for martyr policemen. Annoyed policemen have stated that in 2013, government awarded Rs 700 million to the families of 350 police personnel who lost their lives during performing duty.

They said, if government had spent Rs 700 million on purchasing bulletproof jackets, lives of their companions could be saved.