The test to gauge the marksmanship of Mumbai’s top cops was cancelled due to the media presence at the firing range.
Newly appointed director general of police (DGP) S.S. Virk, known for his counter-terrorism operations, had ordered top police officers to report to the firing range at the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) grounds at Goregaon (East) on Saturday afternoon.
Sources in the SRPF said, the firing range was prepared and necessary arrangements were made to carry out the firing
Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Gafoor and his top lieutenants, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria and Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K.L. Prasad were among the officers were to participate in the test.
Virk, on Friday, had told Hindustan Times that the firing practice was essentially an exercise to observe the preparedness of our officers through their firing skills.
But since Saturday morning, none of the policemen were available for comment. Though sources said the firing practice was essentially cancelled because of the media persons who thronged the SRPF grounds on Saturday.
An officer said: “The firing practice has been postponed. But media would not be allowed within the premises when the practice takes place.”