Sub-inspector Amitava Malik was shot dead in Darjeeling on October 13 allegedly by supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung has become an eye-opener for the state police who has decided to buy modern, lightweight protective gear for the body and head.
After the tragedy in Darjeeling, many alleged that the officer was not wearing bullet proof jacket and helmet and Opposition leaders claimed that these are so heavy that most cops try to avoid them.
According to this officer who chose to remain anonymous, bullet-proof jackets available with the state and Kolkata Police weigh seven to eight kilograms. Though there are strict instructions for teams going for combat to wear bullet-proof jackets, the weight of the existing jackets often act as a deterrent.
“It cannot be denied that the weight acts as an obstacle for swift movements. But the weight of the ultra-light jackets we want to import will be around one kilogram that will surely multiply use,” an officer said.