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GUWAHATI, June 27 - The inquiry committee constituted by the government to assess the quality of bullet-resistant (bullet-proof) vests of Assam Police, post the Bordumsa encounter, has sought the opinion of ballistic experts from the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL).

The committee after initial communication with the CFSL has now sent the samples of the bullet-resistant vest to Chandigarh as �exhibits� on which the ballistic experts would form an opinion.

�The exhibit(s) was sent to the CFSL at Chandigarh where a group of experts will examine its resistance capacity by test-firing and employing other scientific methods,� official sources told The Assam Tribune.

�An officer attached with the inquiry committee has been sent on behalf of the inquiry committee to get the vests examined in the CFSL, which has one of the best facilities to test examine the ballistic resistance of body armour in the country,� sources pointed out.

Meanwhile, sources divulged that the inquiry committee has sought some additional time to file its report, but went on to add that the report, in all probability, should be filed by mid-July.

The probe panel headed by Additional Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna was formed after Bordumsa police officer-in-charge Bhaskar Kalita was killed in an encounter with ULFA militants in May. Kalita succumbed to bullet injuries despite wearing a bullet-proof vest, raising question marks over the resistance capability of the body armour.

While some questioned the quality of the vests, a few others claimed that it was the distance from which the bullet was fired making the protective gear immaterial.

Kalita, according to police sources, was wearing a grade III bullet-resistant jacket which was manufactured by a leading vendor of the country.

Meanwhile, based on the latest qualitative requirements of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Assam Police has now started the process of procurement of lightweight sophisticated bullet-resistant vests.

�The protective vests for the Assam Police would be procured as per the standard set by the Bureau of Police Research and Development in New Delhi,� official sources said, informing that although a similar tender was floated some months back, not enough vendors have come up for bidding.

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Bullet-proof vest sample sent to CFSL, Chandigarh

GUWAHATI, June 27 - The inquiry committee constituted by the government to assess the quality of bullet-resistant (bullet-proof) vests of Assam Police, post the Bordumsa encounter, has sought the opinion of ballistic experts from the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL).

The committee after initial communication with the CFSL has now sent the samples of the bullet-resistant vest to Chandigarh as �exhibits� on which the ballistic experts would form an opinion.

�The exhibit(s) was sent to the CFSL at Chandigarh where a group of experts will examine its resistance capacity by test-firing and employing other scientific methods,� official sources told The Assam Tribune.

�An officer attached with the inquiry committee has been sent on behalf of the inquiry committee to get the vests examined in the CFSL, which has one of the best facilities to test examine the ballistic resistance of body armour in the country,� sources pointed out.

Meanwhile, sources divulged that the inquiry committee has sought some additional time to file its report, but went on to add that the report, in all probability, should be filed by mid-July.

The probe panel headed by Additional Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna was formed after Bordumsa police officer-in-charge Bhaskar Kalita was killed in an encounter with ULFA militants in May. Kalita succumbed to bullet injuries despite wearing a bullet-proof vest, raising question marks over the resistance capability of the body armour.

While some questioned the quality of the vests, a few others claimed that it was the distance from which the bullet was fired making the protective gear immaterial.

Kalita, according to police sources, was wearing a grade III bullet-resistant jacket which was manufactured by a leading vendor of the country.

Meanwhile, based on the latest qualitative requirements of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Assam Police has now started the process of procurement of lightweight sophisticated bullet-resistant vests.

�The protective vests for the Assam Police would be procured as per the standard set by the Bureau of Police Research and Development in New Delhi,� official sources said, informing that although a similar tender was floated some months back, not enough vendors have come up for bidding.

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