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Chavan Promises Probe on Faulty Bullet Proof Jackets

Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan has said that he will “find out the truth” in the claims made recently that ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks because of a faulty bulletproof jacket he was wearing.

“I will find out what is the truth in the matter,” Chavan said.

The chief minister was responding to reporters’ query about claims that the jacket worn by Karkare was defective.

It may be mentioned that a PIL filed in Bombay High Court had claimed that the bullet proof vests worn by Karkare and two other senior officials during their fight with terrorist on 26/11 were from the batch of 110 defective pieces purchased by the police way back in 2002.

The whole revelations came following Karkare’s widow Kavita’s statement that the bullet proof jacket worn by her husband was missing. She had also filed an RTI request in the regard.

Chavan said that he had heard about the claims and would look into them. The Chief Minister was talking to journalists after inaugurating the Maharashtra Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi.

On allegations by SP leader Amar Singh on threat to party MLA Abu Azmi’s life, he merely said, “Amar Singh is a big national leader, I am a small leader from a state.”

Chavan had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday. “These were courtesy meetings,” he said.

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