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Controversy over bullet-proof jackets once again: Assam police officer killed in gun battle with ULFA militants
Once again bullet-proof jackets have come under the scanner in our country after the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

This time, a police officer lost his life in a fierce gun battle with ULFA (I) extremists on Friday, May 4. Bhaskar Kalita, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bordumsa police station took nine bullets during the encounter following which he was taken to Tinsukia Civil Hospital but was declared brought dead. 

Although during the operation Kalita was wearing a bullet-proof jacket, two of the nine bullets fired at him from a Tavor X95 rifle pierced his body, the post mortem revealed. 

Sources informed that multiple operations were being carried out by the joint team against ULFA-I militants at Kujupathar, Konapathar and Khermethia areas along the Assam-Arunachal border in Tinsukia district after getting intel about the presence of a seven member team of ULFA-I in the area. As per sources, the ULFA-I team was taking shelter at the house of a villager in the area when security forces reached the place and surrounded the house. The cadres refused to surrender and instead started firing at the security forces leading to an intense firefight. During the heavy gun battle Bhaskar Kalita was badly injured and later succumbed to his injuries. 

Three CRPF jawans were also injured during the firefight. The ULFA (I) cadres also blasted multiple grenades targeted at the security forces, but they managed to escape to a nearby forest reserve taking help of darkness. 

Now the big question that arises is how nine bullets can penetrate Bhaskar Kalita's body despite the protection of a bullet-proof jacket? Is the quality of bullet-proof jackets that have been supplied to Assam Police is substandard? This is not first time that such a thing has happened in India. During the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008, a standard bullet-proof jacket had failed to protect ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

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