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No rifles missing says police, as opposition slams govt, DGP
 
Thiruvananthapuram: A day after the CAG audit found shortage of 25 INSAS rifles and 12,061 live cartridges from the Special Armed Police Battalion here,police on Thursday maintained that no rifles were missing, even as the opposition Congress and BJP slammed the government. "Twenty five INSAS rifles were reportedly missing as per the CAG report. The crime branch investigation conducted so far has revealed that no INSAS rifle is missing as on today. The Crime Branch is once again doing a physical cross verification of all the weapons issued to the Special Armed Police (SAP). Investigation is going on to trace the missing rounds," a statement from the state police media centre said on Thursday night.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India report had stated that 12,061 live cartridges were found missing in a joint verification in the Bell-of-Arms of SAPB, along with the Assistant Commandant. The CAG had come down on state police chief DGP Loknath Behera for purchasing bullet proof vehicles for VVIP security, violating guidelines. There was shortage of 250 9 mm Drill Cartridges,which was "covered up" with dummy cartridges, the report on General and Social sector for the fiscal ending March 31,2018 had said. Slamming the LDF government,Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the allegations against the DGP and state police had put Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the defensive as he heads the home department.

"Does it mean the CM was unaware of the matters?,It needs to be found out whether these missing rifles and ammunition had been handed over to the extremist outfits", he wrote on his Facebook page. Attacking the government over the CAG report, Kerala PCC President Mullapally Ramachandran demanded the resignation of Pinarayi Vijayan and DGP Loknath Behera. "Both the Chief Minister and State police chief should resign and face action," Ramachandran said. He alleged that a CBI probe will not bring out the truth as Behera was close to the Narendra Modi government. Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala wrote to the Chief Minister, demanding removal of Behera from the post in the wake of serious allegations levelled against him and the police department in the CAG report.

In his letter, the senior congress leader said a CBI probe against Behara and the NIA investigation into the missing rifles and cartridges needs to be conducted. "The letter was sent yesterday itself. I am surprised that the Chief Minister has said he has not received it," Chennithala''s office quoted him as saying. Meanwhile, Behara also met Chief Minister at the Secretariat. The DGP is expected to leave for the U.K. in the first week of March to attend a conference, police sources said.


COVID-19 death toll nears 100-mark; Govt says no need to panic as 30% infections linked to Tablighi centre
COVID-19 death toll in country rises to 62, cases to 2,547
9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, primary contacts quarantined in country: MHA
24 fresh cases in Kerala, 237 people under treatment
Tabligh-e-Jamaat''s Markaz emerges as coronavirus hotspot, its cleric booked
No plan to extend 21-day lockdown: Govt
Coronavirus: Confirmed cases cross 1,000; Govt orders sealing of state, district borders to check mass infection
COVID-19: Kerala reports first death, positive cases rise to 165 in Kerala, 1,34,370 people under surveillance
RBI asks lending firms to allow 3-month moratorium on EMI payments
COVID-19 lockdown: Govt announces 1.7 lakh cr package for poor
COVID-19 positive cases rise to 606, number of infected highest in Maharashtra: Health Ministry
PM announces nationwide 21-day lockdown; road, air and rail services to be suspended till Apr 14
Number of COVID-19 cases rises to 415 in India: Health Ministry
Complete lockdown in 75 districts across the country: Govt
Coronavirus cases rise to 258 in India: Health Ministry
Only locals, officials, security personnel on flights to Leh: Ladakh admin
MP Governor accepts Kamal Nath's resignation
PM calls for Janta Curfew, urges people to stay indoors
Coronavirus cases in country climb to 151, includes 25 foreigners
Mumbai man dies of COVID-19, 3rd fatality in India
KERALA NEWS
Kerala has been successful in containing outbreak of COVID-19, claims CM
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the State has been success  
Elderly couple cured of COVID-19, says Kerala CM
32 new cases in Kerala, Elderly couple cured of virus
Covid-19: Punishment by police in Kannur for violating lockdown turns into row
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Trump recommends Americans wear face masks, but says he won't
 Washington, Apr 4 (PTI) President Donald Trump has recommended Americans to cover their faces with s
Indonesia covers up to protect orangutans from virus threat
Bangladesh sees highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases, extends shutdown to Apr 11
US wages all-out war to defeat "horrible" coronavirus: says Trump, as death toll crosses 5,000
NATIONAL NEWS
EC postpones elections to 11 UP Legislative Council seats amid lockdown
 Lucknow, Apr 4 (PTI) The Election Commission has postponed the elections to 11 Uttar Pradesh Legisla
Coronavirus: No community transmission in Goa, says CM
Madhya Pradesh: Two senior health officials test positive for Covid-19
43 more test positive for virus in Mumbai; death toll 19
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