Expecting an increase in the frequency of visit of VVIPs in the state which naturally would increase the corresponding demand of
bulletproof cars, the state government has decided to purchase 19 bulletproof cars to meet the exigency.
There is acute shortage of bulletproof cars in the state some of which are overused. During the crisis situation, the police headquarters used to borrow from neighbouring states like Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Only on Monday, Union minister for steel Ramvilas Paswan had a miraculous escape as the axle of bulletproof car provided to him was broken while he was returning to the state capital after attending a public function at Masaurhi. Reliable sources said that the government has already sanctioned money for purchase of 19 bulletproof cars which cost around 20 lakh per car. All these cars would be purchased from Army factories, including the one located in Medak, Andhra Pradesh.
Sources said that all the cars would be made available to the state in the next one and half month.
Apart from the purchase of bulletproof cars, the state government has also taken several measures, including setting up of police academy, housing facilities to junior police officers, construction of police stations’ buildings in both urban and rural areas on massive scale, upgradation of communications and so on.
The government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 7 crore from the Bihar Contingency Fund to be spent on acquisition of 133.28 acres of land meant for the Bihar Police Academy. Two battalions of BMP would be raised in Bettiah (BMP-15) and Saharsa (BMP-12) for which process of land acquisition is already on.
Since the 65 panchayats of seven districts are Naxalite-infested, the government has geared up recruitment drive in the constabulary rank, besides special efforts are being made to modernise the force.
The government has further sanctioned a sum of Rs 10.98 crore for improving the infrastructure of BMP-3 (Gaya), BMP-6 (Muzaffarpur), BMP-9 (Jamalpur) and constable training school, Nathnagar (Bhagalpur). A sum of Rs 14.27 crore had earlier been spent in this connection.