The Indian Police Service is a job like no other. You have to constantly be on your toes, ready to fight criminals and, if required, give up your life at any moment. The police play a significant part in the society; it is the instrument of law and order and also plays an incredible role.
He also emphasized on anti-social elements and launched a campaign against drug addiction in the district to stop the sale and use of narcotics and other illicit drugs and also made the entire commissionerate under surveillance.
Ambala-Panchkula Commissioner of Police Dr R C Mishra speaks to Daily Post Correspondent Yuvraj Kaushal about crime in Panchkula and the initiatives being taken by the police to get a grip over the law and order situation in the city. Excerpts:
Q-A When you took over as the Commissioner of Ambala, Panchkula district, what were the problem areas for you? What were the issues you took up as priorities?
One major problem both Panchkula and Ambala are facing is that of narcotics. Our new generation is indulging in consumption of drugs thereby spoiling their lives. To get the youth on the right track was the first task that I undertook. We feel that if the supply line is disrupted, a thousand lives can be saved. We want that the supply line be cut first. We don’t focus on cracking small cases related to one or two grammess of contraband. I have directed my staff to nab the suppliers who supply contraband in huge quantities to people. When those suppliers won’t be there, the availability will automatically be affected. We are on with it and to a lot of extent; we have been successful in keeping a check on it. Second priority was to curb minor disputes at the preliminary level. We have been ensuring that preventive steps are taken before any small issue snowballs into a bigger crime. Another issue which I took up on priority was to put the entire commissioner ate under surveillance. In this bid, we are engaged in a special drive and installing CCTV cameras.
How helpful has the installation of CCTV cameras been?
Cameras help in tracking criminals. Sometimes, there are certain incidents where people narrate what happened with them. With the help of CCTV cameras, we also get to know whether their narration is true or not, nd sometimes it turns out to be false as well. Once a person is out of his house, he comes under the surveillance of the camera. Even the Kalka dacoity, murder and a few other cases that we solved, was done with the help of a CCTV camera. Simultaneously, these cameras also help in maintaining traffic control and regulation. We have installed CCTV cameras at most of the places in Panchkula. NHAI is installing cameras on the National Highways.
What is Panchkula Police doing to control various crimes and related other violations like drunk driving, gambling etc.?
We are now emphasising on the violators as whenever we receive any alert, our party reaches the spot immediately and action against the culprits is taken on a strict note. Also we are setting nakas to deal with drunken driving cases to which challans are issued whenever anyone is found drinking in public place and drunk while driving. Strict investigation on the part of that person is also carried out as we are now heading towards no tolerance and stand foe immediate action. However, we have made a breakthrough on the betting and gambling activities in the city as recently we have busted major gangs involved in IPL matches betting and in other gambling cases. Also we have started suspending the licences of the violators who are habitual to these offences.
How is staff crunch impacting policing?
Staff crunch is a serious problem in the entire Haryana police, but what can we do? The problem has been goingfor the past many years.Despite fewer staff, we have been trying to give our best and have been able to keep a tab on crime. Our staff are working efficiently and they are putting up 24 hours and we are managing within the resources available to us.
The presence of police on the streets is less in Panchkula, especially when one compares it with Chandigarh. What is being done about this?
No, the presence of the police in Panchkula is now at large, several nakas, check-posts, police patrolling, PCRs at every place with our special bike riders patrolling throughout the city can be seen now. I cannot comment about the crime rate in our counterparts but yes, to a lot of extent, we have controlled crime and traffic as well. Whatever is reported, we track it immediately. Special directions are also given to police to man the streets. I also keep a tab on them personally and even asked the DCPs to ensure that cops are doing their duty. We have also initiated a new drive, as we have provided the bike riders with cameras following which they click the photographs of the traffic violators and send them at their places with challans. Also we have started suspending licences of the traffic violators who are habitual to these offences. E-challaning is also one of the steps we have initiated as the whole commissionerate is under surveillance now. Patrolling is done in day and also we have special programmes in night hours. Our Crime Investigation and Crime branch teams have been working to make a tab on crime in the city. The investigation related to the cases has also been maintained as we have dripped the cases pending under investigation to 21 per cent from 60 per cent.
Police Department has often given recommendations to HUDA, MC and NHAI on requirements needed at the accident-prone sites. But those are often overlooked.
Yes, we often give recommendations and other facts related to the work of the authorities when required and in fact even in the new Sectors that are coming up, we have recommended the authorities that one police official should be there in the committee when the planning is done. We have even asked NHAI, HUDA and MC that when any such designing is done, a police official should also be consulted and we ourselves also are in touch with them and the process is continous.
Panchkula is surrounded by the borders of Himachal, Punjab and UT which prove to be an easy escape route for criminals. What is being done about this?
Yes, for that we ensure that these border areas are sealed. Proper nakas are laid at every border and our force is deployed. So that whenever a crime takes place, the exit areas are completely sealed. Also, since we have CCTV cameras at the borders installed as well so those help in tracking the movement of criminals.
Any new projects to interact with public?
Yes, we have started many new awareness programmes and workshops following improvement and efficiency in the system as we need direct communication with the public which we are getting through these meetings. We are mobilising the people and are holding seminars also to interact with them.
We are emphasising on the security of the people as we have told them to get security equipments installed at their homes and at the entrance gates of their sectors. PPP – Police, Press and Public, if all the three P’s will co-ordinate and work together, than we can work more efficiently with P3 power, as unity is power and without unity nothing is possible.
Who is Commissioner R C Mishra as a common man?
I am a common man, I do not assume myself as a police officer, as my target is public service which I am doing in uniform and also outside my duty as a common citizen of the society following which I use to be in public most of the times.
I always have a word with public and also with the NGOs, residents’ welfare associations and other bodies to listen to their problems and work for curing their problems. My main target is to share their problems as it is my aim and ‘karma’ to serve the public.
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