CHANDIGARH, July 20: The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Mr. V.P. Singh Badnore today directed the Chandigarh Police to intensify recovery operations under NDPS Act and Excise Act with a view to checking the illegal sale of liquor, drugs and other intoxicants within Chandigarh. Presiding over a high level meeting to review Law and Order situation in Chandigarh, Mr. Badnore gave directions to the Police initiate special drive against narcotics and tobacco especially near the schools and other public places so that the illegal sale of these items could be checked. He said that the kiosks and vending machines installed at Public Places should be under constant surveillance and the criminals are booked under various NDPS Acts.
Mr. Badnore said that for prevention of crime and subsequent escape of the criminals in the neighboring states, effective interstate coordination was necessary. The officers were emphatically directed to ensure Crime mapping for effective crime control. He also called upon the senior officers to further intensify the Night Patrolling especially in the crime prone areas during vulnerable hours. The Governor also suggested that Beat Patrol Vehicles should use alarm hooters so that due deterrence is held out for the criminal elements in the interest of preventing the commission of crime in the City. The Police officers were also directed to do evidence based policing analysis of crime proneness of specific hotspots in the city and persons likely to commit crimes, for preventive action.The Administrator also directed the Police officers to take all possible measures to ensure proper implementation of project Muskaan so that the hapless children could be appropriately rehabilitated. He also asked the Chandigarh Police to install CCTV Cameras on all the sensitive points under Nigebaan Project and also ensure periodic review of their functional efficiency and operational utility.To check drunken driving, the Governor also asked the Police to dwell upon the feasibility of getting alcoholmeters installed outside the pubs and bars by the owners of such premises at their own level on voluntary basis so that the visitor coming to such places may be afforded an opportunity to check alcohol level in their blood in the interest of their own safety before occupying the driver seat.
Taking the domestic violence issues very seriously, the Governor suggested launching of Neighborhood Help Scheme through which the domestic violence issues could be defused with the timely help of immediate neighbours.It was informed in the meeting that as many as 17 Police Stations in Chandigarh have been made paperless. Till date 2199 driving Licenses have been seized for different violations of Motor Vehicle Act and as many as 605 motorists were prosecuted for drunken driving.All officers present in the meeting were urgently called upon to intensify security surveillance in the entire city of Chandigarh in view of the forthcoming Independence Day. Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Mr. Parimal Rai, Adviser to the Administrator, Mr. J.M. Balamurugan, Secretary to Governor Punjab, Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, Mr. Tajinder Singh Luthra DGP along with other senior police officers of Chandigarh Administration.
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