While the Chandigarh Police are tackling crime in the city, especially with petty crime cases, UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, responds to a series of questions during a special interview with DailyPost Senior Correspondent Jagpreet Singh Sandhu while also sharing solutions for dealing with the problems plauging the City Beautiful.
Petty crime incidents like snatchings, thefts and burglaries which are on the rise are becoming a major worry for the police and even a bigger trouble for the residents. What is the city police doing to sort out the issue?
The crime in City is mostly petty. Our PCR patrolling and beat box system is all to control the petty crime, who are continuously on the job and secondly, we are preparing a list of persons who have been released from jail and we are regularly keeping a watch on them to check if they are involved in any crime again. Meanwhile, we also do crime reckoning and our teams identify the areas where and which type of crime is more prevalent and then policing is planned according to the crime pattern and area.
Gambling and consuming liquor at public places is reported and the Chandigarh Police have also been registering cases against these. Does the beat system or patrolling staff act against such offenders?
We keep on registering cases against such people who are found indulging in gambling. Yes, the patrolling staff and the beat staff are always there to identify such crimes and take action but to register a case for gambling we always check the actual ingredients to see whether they are gambling or are just playing cards.
Several cases are pending in investigation including the Karan Jewellers robbery, Neha murder case and others. Is a fresh investigation in progress in the pending cases?
We have been trying to trace Karan Jewellers robbery case, but the accused has not been traced yet. In the Neha Alhawat murder case, we have made a special team to crack the case and identify the accused. Our teams are making best possible efforts to crack these cases, but till now there is no output.
Any plans to increase the fleet of Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles?
We already have 60 PCR vehicles which include 30 Ertiga PCR’s and 30 others while we have a proposal for getting 60 more Ertiga SUVs into our PCR fleet.
Like previous campaigns of Police of interacting with public one-on-one by visiting the police stations, are you planning any similar campaigns in coming days?
Yes, we are going to conduct another session of one-on-one interaction with public by visiting police stations and the complaints of the people will be listened and actions will be taken promptly by the police teams. The plan to initiate the campaign will be after summers are gone, that is, in September and the weather conditions are suitable for public to visit the police stations.
The menace of drugs is becoming more and more prevalent in the city and there have also been a couple of drug-related deaths. Several persons have also been arrested by the police while carrying contraband. Is the police acting to keep a strict check on this problem?
Our police teams have been put on task to identify the areas where the problem is prevalent and to keep a check on the hideouts of drug peddlers and check areas which are more prone to drug smuggling. The deaths which were reportedly due to drugs intake are yet to be confirmed and the police teams are still investigating the actual cause of death. It is being confirmed who the source of the drug according to preliminary investigation, the source was not from Chandigarh.
Does Chandigarh Police keep a tab on the sources of drug peddlers as from where the drugs are being supplied and who are taking the contraband in the city?
Yes, as soon as any drug peddlers is nabbed, our teams investigate the source of the drug. The sources are followed by the cops. There are complaints that high-class drugs are prevalent in the city, but that is not yet established.
Chandigarh Police has been apprehending several snatchers and thieves who are put behind bars but they are again found involved in the same crime after they are bailed out. Is the police planning to send a proposal to amend the law so that the same criminals are not active again?
Yes, we have a proposal but that is in the pipeline. Like Punjab and Haryana have made acts 379 A and 379 B, similarly we are also considering to send a proposal of making some acts on the basis of some relevant data as in how many cases the criminals have been found involved in crime again after being bailed out. If the new act and our proposal is considered, then the accused will not get easy bail from the court after committing the crime.
Police team have been arresting gangs of snatchers and thieves, but the recovery graph has not been much in terms of arrests and cases solved?
There are always recoveries made in the cases. Any item like gold chains, electronic items, and etc are always recovered but the cash which is stolen and snatched is difficult to be recovered later, as the accused spend the cash in maximum cases.
Suggestions for Public
l Please report any issue related to corruption – Aiming to rein in crime rate and corruption in the city, the Chandigarh Police have now launched a WhatsApp number (70872-39010) as ‘Crime Stopper-WhatsApp Number.’ The people are advised to inform the police on the Crime Stopper number.
l Help us in setting up CCTV cameras in the city – The Chandigarh Police are running project Nigehbaan and the police want the support of the people to set up CCTV cameras all around the city.
l Please get verification of tenants done on priority- It is also advised by the Chandigarh Police to get the verification of tenants done as it will help in keeping a record of residents and also to keep the city under proper and effective vigil.
New Plans In Pipeline
Installation of CCTV cameras under Nigehbaan project: Chandigarh Police is focusing to put the complete city under scanner by installing CCTV (Closed-circuit television) cameras. Under the Nigehbaan project, the Chandigarh Police have already installed 7,700 CCTV cameras in City. The police now aim to install 4,400 more cameras.
l Increase in PCR fleet: Chandigarh Police also plans to increase PCR patrolling in the city for which 60 more PCR vehicles (Ertiga SUVs) will be added to the fleet. Already, there are around 65 PCR vehicles.
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