Prabhmeet Luthra over prevailing law and order situation in Mohali and social issues concerning society.
Q: Drugs are the major problem in Punjab for few years. How you deal with this problem in Mohali District?
A:Mohali is only transit point for drug paddlers. These peddlers are from adjoining states like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, UT and other cities. They supply drugs from one point to another. We are concerned about this issue and recently caught a drug peddler at Lalru who brings drugs from New Delhi to Chandigarh.
Q: How many CCTV cameras are installed in Mohali district, what about the vantage points covering in Mohali City?
A: In-total 6,486 CCTVs are installed in entire Mohali district out of which 3,306 CCTV’s are installed in Mohali City. We have taken up issue with GMADA and they have promised us to provide CCTV coverage of all important points in city. These vantage points are important for criminal angle.
Q: What police do to keep interests of Senior Citizen, Women and children intact? What is the success rate of 181 in Mohali?
A: There is a dedicated 181 helpline number for Senior Citizen, Women and children. Special vehicles have been provided for this cause. All the police stations have been sensitised over this matter. As far as Mohali police is concerned, our success rate is 93 per cent in handling complaints received on 181. Mohali police is holding 1st position throughout entire state.
Q: How Mohali police is dealing with beggars as they create hindrance into free flow of traffic and some of them being involved into petty crimes?
A: As such no case has been reported yet regarding any criminal acts done by beggars. Soon we are going to launch a camping against beggars. I will direct my officers to make sure that beggars should not create any hindrance in traffic.
Q: Illegal PGs are big problem in city. As SSP Mohali, what have you done to maintain law and order?
A: On my recommendations civil administration implemented IPC 144. Moreover, SHO’s check PG’s and cases are being registered against defaulters. 62 cases have been registered till August 31. Concerned authorities need to make strict laws and policies to stop mushrooming of illegal PG’s.
Q: Crimes like chain snatching are increasing day by day in tricity. What’s your take on this?
A: I, can proudly say that in whole Tricity, Mohali is almost negligible in such incidents. We have very less snatching incidents. From time to time we catch such anti-social elements and put them behind bars.
Q: Why are residents of Mohali not following traffic rules seriously. Does Police Department lack in issuing strict guidelines?
A: With increasing urbanisation there is shortage of Police force in Mohali. We have taken up this matter with state government. Mohali police will get new force from fresh recruitments that happened last month. Traffic rules will be implemented more firmly and violators will be booked as per law. Very soon Municipal Corporation is going to provide us latest speed radars and alcoholmeters. A separate vehicle is almost ready for this purpose which will be fitted with speed gun.
Q: Vehicles deployed in PCR have got old. Is there any plan of introducing New PCR vehicles for police?
A: Within few days Mohali police will have new MUVs (Ertiga) in its fleet. Police force will also be increased to monitor control room.
Q: How many fraud travel agents have been booked by Mohali police?
A: We have registered 56 cases against fraud travel agents last year. This year till August 31, Mohali police have registered 49 cases.
Q: Why Mohali police do not set up regular check points at Chandigarh-Mohali border?
A: Again it’s a matter of resources. UT police have almost 10 thousand policemen. Whereas Mohali police have only around 1,500 policemen however, we constantly stay in touch with Chandigarh Police.
Q: As Senior Superintendent of Police what are your suggestions for general public?
A: Public should share information with police without any fear. No police system is successful without cooperation of general public. They are eyes and ears of police. Basic discipline of our society reflects on roads. So, every individual must set an example for others by following traffic rules.”
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