No rifles missing, says Kerala police

Kerala police maintained that no rifles were missing, a day after the CAG audit found shortage of 25 INSAS rifles and 12,061 live cartridges from the Special Armed Police Battalion in Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress and BJP slammed the state government on the issue and demanded action against the police chief.

"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.

"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.

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.

(Agencies)