Kolkata: Rifle and police constables have shared a close bond for past many decades. However, the Men-in-Khaki (barring Maoist hit areas) of West Bengal may soon have to part ways with their age-old companion.

Taking a serious note of the recent police firing incident which left three dead, the West Bengal government has in contemplating on banning the use of rifle by constables during the working hours. As per the proposed move, the constables posted in Maoist affected areas will only be entitled to use the weapon.

The Director General of Police (DGP) has issued verbal instructions in this regard. However, written instruction is yet awaited. The decision has instilled a fear amongst the constables.
Police posts and camps have no automatic weapons therefore other arms are being procured, sources said.

It is worth mentioning that one woman was killed in police firing during idol immersion of Goddess Durga in Nadia district. The incident led to a massive response from the locals in the state.

Following which, the state government has thought about restricting the use of weapons by the policemen.

The DGP refused to comment on the matter.

JPN/Bureau