Kashmir Indepth

To prevent weapon snatch, J&K Police all set to introduce GPS based weapon tracking system

Move aimed to prevent weapon loot, its misuse; new system will also help track looted weapon: Top official

Srinagar, Feb 03 : In a major to advance its technical capabilities and to prevent weapon snatching incidents, the Jammu and Kashmir police is all set to procure Weapon Safety and Tracking System that will not only help prevent the weapon loot but also to track the snatched weapon.

According to wire service—the need for WSTS was felt after spurt in the weapon snatching incidents in J&K since year 2016. As per official to reports, over 200 weapons, including AK-47s, self-loading rifles (SLRs) and INSAS rifles besides a large number of ammunition were snatched by the militants in the state during the last three years.

The J&K police have floated tenders for purchasing Weapon Safety and Tracking System to ensure the safety of its arms and ammunition. “Tenders have been invited from manufacturers or their authorized dealers for the supply of Weapon Safety and Tracking Systems (WSTS),” read the tenders floated the Police Headquarters under NIT number 03 of 2020.

A top police official said that WSTS will have trigger-based locking units with GPS trackers so that they cannot be misused and can be speedily traced if looted. “Such devices should also be compatible with fire arms and could be removed only by the biometrics of authorised users. Any forcible removal will damage the whole trigger mechanism system,” the official said.

The system also carries finger and palm print scanners fitted in the grip to operate trigger locks, the police official said. Another official told that overindulgence in use of smartphones by police personnel was a major reason for the spike in gun-snatching incidents in the Kashmir. “That’s why we had issued an advisory banning use of smart phones by police men during duty hours,” he said.

Sources in the police said that even if the militants succeed in looting weapons, they won’t be able to use the weapon as the trigger-system will be locked and can be used by the authorized person only. “The new system will help track down the looted weapon through GPS,” they said.


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