Lucknow: Because the solar dawned on the Republic Day on Sunday, the Uttar Pradesh police bid adieu to legendary British-era .303 rifles after over 75 years of service.
The decommissioning of the weapon marks the top of an period.
The .303 Rifle, usually carried by policemen, was a magazine-fed bolt motion repetitive rifle that served as the primary firearm utilized by the army forces of the erstwhile British Empire. It may hearth one shot at a time after which the barrel must be reloaded by pulling the bolt for the subsequent shot.
The previous director-general of police (DGP) Brij Lal stated, “The .303 rifles were the workhorse of UP police, always giving the desired result, ever since they were introduced in UP Police in 1945. If there was an award for guns on the basis of their performance, the .303s or bolt action rifles would have certainly bagged one.”
Brij Lal stated, whereas he was in service, he had led a number of operations and had neutralized dreaded dacoits and gangsters. “The main reason behind success of this weapon could be its ability to sustain UP’s rough terrain and work well even in mud, water and other extreme conditions we often face,” he recalled.
Speaking about one such incident, he stated, “During my posting in Pilibhit district (1986-88) as superintendent of police (SP), we learnt that some militants associated with Harjinder Singh Jinda’s group dropped their bank robbery plan when they learnt that our constables were equipped with .303 rifles.”
A number of different retired cops stated that although the .303 rifle weighed about 5 kgs, the burden turned part of each constable’s life.
Ram Kumar Upadhyaya, a constable, stated that the weapon, even after 20 rounds of back-to-back firing, would stay easy as butter. “This is, perhaps, what we often miss in the modern day weapons,” he stated.
The accuracy and sturdiness made the .303 a favorite amongst constables.
The .303 rifles would bow out from service after its show within the R-Day parade.
The Uttar Pradesh Police will change the age-old .303 Rifles with computerized INSAS and Self Loading Rifles (SLR).
INSAS is an computerized assault rifle manufactured by Indian Ordnance Manufacturing unit and is utilized by Military and Paramilitary forces.
“Keeping in view the law and order situation, the police personnel would be equipped with 63,000 INSAS Rifles and 23,000 SLRs,” stated Extra Chief Secretary, Residence, Awanish Kumar.
He additionally stated the choice to get computerized rifles was a part of an effort to maintain management over crime and for public safety at massive. He added that the INSAS and SLR rifles have already been supplied to the police personnel.
Eight thousand INSAS Rifles have been stored in ‘reserve’ preserving in view the upcoming recruitment to Uttar Pradesh constabulary.