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Police returns faulty S Korean stun grenades

Cops arming to the teeth to quell violence

Published : Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 286
Mamunur Rashid with Moshiur Ahmed Masum

In a bid to equip themselves to deal with any unwanted situations in the country at the end of 2018 or early 2019, the police has demanded replacement of 10,000 stun grenades procured from South Korea. It is learnt that the South Korean company which supplied the sound bombs to Bangladesh Police last year will replace all the 10,000 pieces as it did not match tender specifications. Stun grenades or sound bombs are considered as non-lethal explosive devices used to temporarily disorient protesters during demonstrations. Daekwang Chemical Co Ltd of South Korea supplied the sound grenades after winning an international tender floated last year.

The team of police tested samples from the supplied stun grenades at a police facility at Khilkhet on November 22 last year and found that the South Korean sound bombs did not fulfill their requirements as specified in the tender document. The police said it would also procure 20 lakh cartridges of 7.62x25mm mainly used for small firearms, while 10 lakh cartridges for 12-bore shotguns (rubber ball) and 5 lakh cartridges for 12-bore shotgun (lead ball). The police in October 2017 started procurement of 22 lakh pieces of 9x19mm cartridges and also 15 unit of the crew-served machine gun. In January, the police also floated tender for the procurement of 16 prison vans and 190 motorcycles.

The police procured 14,000 light firearms and 35 lakh bullets last year The police have already invited quotations for the procurement of 5,000 pieces of 9mm pistols, 3,000 pieces of 9mm pistols for 'special operation' and 6,000 pieces of 12-bore shot guns, bulletproof jackets, stun grenades, ammunition, location finder equipment, back-pack mobile trackers and prison vans.  'Since the country is approaching an expected election, it does not seem the arms, ammunitions and sound bombs will be used against hardcore criminals rather these would be used basically to control public uproar,' he said. He said it was important to make the police more professional instead of only providing arms and ammunition. According to the notification issued on December 10 in 2017, the police will procure 23,500 bulletproof jackets, including 2,000 of this for women.

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