Bathinda: In order to take the first-hand account of situation, Bathinda, SSP, Swapan Sharma conducted a two-hour surprise check in city police stations on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The district top cop also visited some Nakas laid in and around the city. Finding lapses in the functioning of staff deployed at Civil Lines police station, SSP shunted out duty officer Jernail Singh (sub-inspector) and constable Yadwinder Singh. While Jernail Singh was absent from the police station, Yadwinder was found sleeping wearing quilt in an air-conditioned office of SHO.
SSP also inspected daily diary (Roznamacha) of police station and found serious lapses in completing the formalities. He was disturbed to see a family waiting for duty officer to get their complaint registered at about 1:30 am at Civil Lines police station. Further, the Santri (security guard posted at the main entrance) was also found sleeping on bed after turning off the lights. By using wireless system of communication, SSP asked PCR staff to convey his message to SHO Karamjit Singh and duty officer Jernail Singh was also called in. Apart from removing duty officer and constable from police station duty, SSP sought explanation of SHO for all flaws in the functioning of his police station. SSP, however, spared one constable who was also sleeping in SHO office without taking any action.
The young cop was learnt to be posted in CCTNS section of police station. The leniency towards that constable was conspicuous. Further, SSP inspected Kotwali Police station, Canal Colony police station and Thermal police station where he not only checked the presence of staff on night duty but also inspected their weapons. He asked the cops to show him their firing skills, which they all failed to prove.
After this SSP, gave them a live demonstration on the spot by firing shots in the air from their weapons. The same practice was conducted at check points laid at Paras Ram Nagar and NFL entrance on Faridkot road. He asked the cops to keep their weapons clean and directed them to be always ready to tackle any situation. Meanwhile, SSP also announced to honour one lady constable Aman Deep Kaur, posted at Canal Colony police station, for finding her busy in completing the documentary assignment given to her. While concluding the operation, SSP said that such surprise checks will be conducted on regular basis to ensure alertness among cops to make better policing.
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