Three bomb blasts and five rejected requests later, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has finally received an imported bomb suit on Thursday. The BDDS had been requesting for bomb suits since the German Bakery blast in 2010.
Pradip Deshpande, deputy commissioner of police (Special Branch 1) said, "On Thursday, the Pune unit BDDS has got one bomb suit from Mumbai. It is an imported suit." Earlier, dna had highlighted the issue of security in the city and the lack of bomb suits several times in its reports. It also mentioned about expired suits being used by the BDDS officials while conducting mock drills and even when a suspected object was being inspected. The proposal of bomb suit had been pending since 2008.
The issue was raised after German Bakery blast and again after the 2012 low-intensity serial blasts which took place on Jungli Maharaj road. Five proposals had been put since then for bomb suits.
Last year, a Rs35-lakh bomb suit was said to have been procured by Mumbai. Although it was to be sent to Pune, the suit didn't come to the city BDDS unit.
Speaking to dna about the features of the bomb suit sent to the city, a police officer said that it is made in England. "The material is partly alloy and it is an all in one uniform with attached gloves and special steel made helmet. It has a cooling system as the person who is trying to dispose the bomb will not perspire and can breathe properly. There is also a wireless system and the person wearing the suit will be able to communicate without removing his helmet and there is no need to do any interaction based on sign language."