SRINAGAR: After the infamous pellet guns killed a number of civilians besides maiming thousands in Kashmir during 2016 summer uprising, India’s largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) is all set to guard the offices with the same short-guns.
Also called 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, reports said that, SBI will buy as many as 11,000 of these guns.
This will be first time that the pellet guns responsible for the death and blinding in the Valley will be issued to some organization other than government forces.
Manufactured at Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI), India’s oldest weapon manufacturing unit set up by the British, the agreement with SBI has led to the single largest civilian contract, Hindustan Times reported
“We have produced the first batch. According to the agreement, we have to deliver 11,000 guns to SBI over a period of three years. These will however be sold only through authorised gun dealers in every state,” Ratneshwar Varma, general manager, RFI, was quoted by the newspaper.
SBI has 17,000 branches and more than 48,000 ATMs of its own across India.
“Each gun will retail for around Rs 75,000,” reports quoting a dealer said.