In cities like Ludhiana,the police force barely has the time to combat crime as a majority of its strength is used up to resolve property disputes,which are piled high in various police stations. Instead of maintaining law and order the police are bogged down dealing with issues like fake registries,fake power of attorneys,dubious land sale deeds and fake witnesses by lambardars on a regular basis.
To cut down the load and focus on maintaining law and order,the role of conducting an inquiry in these type of cases should be handed over to the Deputy Commissioner or a three-member committee comprising a police officer,an officer from the corporation and an officer from the Department of Revenue, said Ishwar Singh Commissioner of Police (CP),Ludhiana,at a meeting,held recently,called by Sumedh Singh Saini Director General of Police (DGP),Punjab.
The Commissioner of Police said,In our area where land prices are very high,property disputes take up a majority of our time. These cases require information from the Revenue department which takes a lot of time and falls under the DC who should rightly conduct the inquiry. They can then tell us whether the police needs to register an FIR. This will make the process more transparent for there will be two agencies conducting independent probes.
A whole lot these cases involve NRIs as their properties here in Punjab are sold off without their knowledge. A quicker redressal in the issue will help solve many cases, added Singh.