THE JUNAGADH police range was divided into two as new office of the deputy inspector general (DIG) of Bhavnagar became functional, with Chief Minister Anandiben Patel inaugurating its office building on Friday.
Patel inaugurated the new office of DIG, Bhavnagar range, at the Bhavnagar police headquarters in Navapara area of Bhavnagar city. The DIG office has been set up in a building previously occupied by a couple of branches of the office of Bhavnagar superintendent of police (SP).
With this, the six districts under the control of DIG, Junagadh have been divided into two. While Junagadh, Porbandar and Gir-Somnath will continue to be under the jurisdiction of Junagadh DIG, Bhavnagar, Botad and Amreli will now be under the control of Bhavnagar DIG.
The state government had taken the decision to carve out the Bhavnagar range from Junagadh range early this year and a budgetary provision was made under New Service Scheme for police department.
“After Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot, Bhavnagar is the fifth largest city in Gujarat. The previous four cities are police commissionerates and therefore, senior police officers are there. But in Bhavnagar, only an SP rank officer used to be in charge. Now, there will be a senior officer there and this will help in better policing,” Brajesh Kumar Jha, DIG of Junagadh told The Indian Express. Jha, who was awarded President’s police medal for meritorious service, on 69th Independence Day, has been given the additional charge of Bhavnagar range also.
Jha further said that the DIG office in Bhavnagar will help redress grievances of people. “Most of the people who come to Junagadh DIG office with grievances are either from Junagadh district or from nearby Amreli district. People from Botad would rarely come and only when the issue is serious in nature. But this will change now,” he said. The DIG said that the carving out of new range will also help officers as Junagadh DIG in the undivided range used to travel average 4,500 km every month to visit different areas in his jurisdiction.