Delhi Police have decided to bifurcate handling of law and order in the city by forming north and south zones that will be looked after by Special Commissioners of Police.
Sources said Special CP SN Srivastava would look after north zone, while Special CP Amulya Patnaik would be in charge of the south zone. At present, Srivastava is in charge of Delhi Armed Police, and Patnaik heads the Vigilance wing. Both will report to Director General-rank Special CP Deepak Mishra, added the sources. Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi confirmed the decision to form the zones.
Sources said the move was taken for improved handling of law and order. At present, Delhi Police have a lone special CP (law and order).
In 2015, Delhi Police handled 11,156 law and order events, including 4,122 dharnas, 1,934 meetings, 605 strikes and 303 rallies and miscellaneous events including elections, said an officer. Bassi is likely to meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung Thursday to seek approval for the decision, said sources.
Delhi has six police ranges and 11 districts. While eastern, central and northern ranges will come under north zone; southeastern, south western and New Delhi ranges will be under south zone. The idea to have the zones was given by a section of senior police officers after the December 16, 2012 gang rape of a young woman, who died later, said sources.
Discussions were held with Ministry of Home Affairs officials, but the execution was delayed because another section of senior officials did not want it at that point, added the sources.