In service since the past 70 years of Independence, the .303 Lee-Enfield rifles have finally been retired by the Uttar Pradesh Police in favour of Insas rifles. With a view to equip the force with modern weapons, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide 63,000 INSAS and 23,000 SLR rifles to the state police.
The Uttar Pradesh police will now be equipped with modern weapons and the .303 rifles presently being used by them will be replaced by INSAS and SLR rifles, Principal Secretary, Home, Avnish Awasthi said.
Awasthi said the state police force was being modernised to ensure peace and an effective control on law and order, besides ensuring women’s safety and a sense of security among the common people. The .303 Lee-Enfield rifles were introduced in the year 1914 during the First World War and the UP Police received this rifle in 1945.
The range of this rifle is about 2,000 meters. The UP Police received this rifle in 1945. Earlier, the police used the Musket .410 rifles. In the 80s the police received the SLRs. In the Kargil War, the Insas rifle proved very effective, so it was also adopted in the police service. Now, the .303 Lee-Enfield rifles will be phased out of service.”