Mumbai, Aug 28: When the Mumbai police clashed with the terrorists during the 26/11 terror attacks, the country awoke to the fact that Indian police are still equipped with just lathis and old .303 rifles while the terrorists were armed with AK-47s. Now, Maharashtra has decided to make the forces meaner, leaner and fitter.
The state government has reportedly allotted a hefty Rs 120-crore to modernise its police force. This would go into weaponry and bullet-proof vehicles for the Quick Response Team that responds to any crisis situation in the city.
"This is not the end of our preparation. We are going to change and add on to our capabilities. From 26/11 we have come a long way," D Sivanandan, Mumbai Police Commissioner said.
Apart from modernising the forces with imported weapons from US and Germany, the Mumbai police is aiming at healthier and fitter personnel.
The police commissioner has reportedly ordered a change in Police Canteen's menu along with taking the initiative to train the wives of policemen on how to cook healthy meals.
"The Commissioner has also organised yoga to release stress and medical check-ups for all 43,000 people," the Home Minister Jayant Patil said.