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Thursday, 24 September 2020 5.41 PM IST

Security concerns over missing rifles, cartridges; Behera to face action? Centre to intervene

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Both the Kerala government and State Police department were put on the defensive after reports suggested that the rifles and guns of police have gone missing. Sources said that the government is currently looking into the matter and checking for any serious lapses. According to the CAG report, 12601 cartridges and 25 rifles have gone missing from the SAP in the capital city.

As DGP Loknath Behera has been blamed for the missing of rifles and cartridges, certain reports suggest that the State Police Chief will have to face strict disciplinary action. Meanwhile, the missing of around 12000 live cartridges has raised tension among the authorities.

On the other hand, some reports suggested the Centre is also expected to intervene in the issue and might even initiate CBI enquiry against the DGP. It is learnt that the topmost officials of the state police are observing those officers who were in charge of the rifles and cartridges and are expected to submit a detailed report regarding the matter.

Earlier, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had sought CBI enquiry on the issue. Following this, the government is attempting to sort out the matter as soon as possible so that the opposition will not be able to raise the matter during the election campaigns.

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