Maharashtra Police return 1,430 bullet-proof jackets that failed AK-47 test

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Maharashtra Police return 1,430 bullet-proof jackets that failed AK-47 test
Feb 4, 2018, 1:37 pm IST
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During the trials conducted at the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory, only around 3,000 jackets passed the test.

The police department had ordered 5,000 bullet-proof vests from the company, which also provides such jackets to other central security forces. (Photo: PTI | Representational)
The police department had ordered 5,000 bullet-proof vests from the company, which also provides such jackets to other central security forces. (Photo: PTI | Representational)

Mumbai: A total of 1,430 bullet-proof jackets out of 4,600 received by the Maharashtra Police about nine years after the 26/11 terror attacks have been returned to their manufacturer as they failed the AK-47 bullet test during trials.

The jackets returned to a Kanpur-based manufacturing firm were from three different batches.

“We have sent back more than 1400 bullet-proof jackets to their manufacturer as they did not pass our test with AK-47 bullets,” additional director general of police (procurement and coordination) VV Laxminarayana told PTI.

The police department had ordered 5,000 bullet-proof vests from the company, which also provides such jackets to other central security forces, for Rs 17 crore but received 4600 pieces after factoring in customs duty and other charges.

During the trials conducted at the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory, only around 3,000 jackets passed the test, another official said, adding that the rest 1,430 jackets were rejected as AK-47 bullets pierced through them during the tests.

“We have asked the manufacturer to replace the 1,430 jackets with a fresh stock. There will be no compromise on the quality and standards of the bullet-proof jackets and we will take a delivery from the same manufacturer after testing those bullet-proof jackets again,” the official said.

A major controversy had erupted on the quality of jackets after the death of ATS chief Hemant Karkare in the 2008 terror attacks. Karkare was seen putting on the bullet-proof vest in the last visuals, before the jeep he was travelling in was attacked in south Mumbai.

The controversy was one of the main reasons that no company was willing to supply the jackets in multiple tenders floated by Maharashtra Police since the 2008 attacks, according to the official.

The jackets are primarily meant to be used by police personnel during anti-Maoist operations in Gadchiroli district and in other pockets, by the Quick Response Team (QRT) of Mumbai Police and the Force One, the elite commando force raised after the terror strikes, he said.

The state police started receiving the consignment of jackets in the last quarter of 2017---the ninth anniversary year of the attacks.


http
://www.asianage.com/metros/mumbai/040218/maharashtra-police-return-1430-bullet-proof-jackets-that-failed-ak-47-test.html

Is the firm MKU?
There has to be an investigation into what caused this.
MKU has been providing BPJs to foreign forces for some time now, so this development is both very surprising and very troubling.
 

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Wonder how they tested 4500 jackets. Probably a few from some lot failed which led to rejection of entire lot.
Anyways more clarification needed.
1) If it was final acceptance trails before being handed to policemen (End of 2017 lot)
2) Usually final QA checks will be done in Factory itself. This would have included full scale destructive testing of a few pieces.
CFSL cant test 4500 jackets one by one:p
 

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As usual, this procurement was made by some obese top officials of MH police. They must have ordered cheap quality product. This babu dome gonna behead us some another day.
 

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Maybe ask the manufacture to take a few bullets to feel the pain.People are putting their lives at risk to protect the country and these manufactures are hell bent in corruption.
 

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Wonder how they tested 4500 jackets. Probably a few from some lot failed which led to rejection of entire lot.
Anyways more clarification needed.
1) If it was final acceptance trails before being handed to policemen (End of 2017 lot)
2) Usually final QA checks will be done in Factory itself. This would have included full scale destructive testing of a few pieces.
CFSL cant test 4500 jackets one by one:p
The answer was in the report itself. The jackets came in batches. The test was done by randomly picking jackets from each batch. If jackets from a batch failed the test, whole batch is rejected. This standard procedure for anything related to mass procurement.

Since, it is apparent that two of the batches from the same manufacturer passed the test, it is clearly obvious that there is no problem with the original design and material of the jacket. It is most probably some cost cutting or under handed play by some production manager to make more profit which bit their ass.
 

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