Ambala-Panchkula Commissionerate organised a police-public meet to deliberate on issues of public safety at Aggarwal Bhawan in Sector 16 on Thursday.
This was held days after Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij tweeted against the commissionerate system and called it a “burden on state-exchequer”.
Highlighting the acute shortage of police force, Ambala-Panchkula Commissioner of Police R C Mishra said the population has increased to 25 lakh against the existing 1,700 police personnel, which is inadequate.
“People make comparison with Chandigarh police, but its important to note that they have 1,500 traffic personnel, we have 35. They have 200 PCRs for traffic control, while we have only six. Despite this, we have managed to impose as many as 4,800 challans for traffic violations in Ambala-Panchkula in the past 15 days,” said Mishra, adding that e-challaning system will be started soon.
Urging people for support, Mishra said community-policing is the key to manage the districts in view of the inadequate police force.
“Our men are on duty, but we do not have a magic wand. We need the support of people. We have launched a campaign against drug trafficking and
arrested a number of dealers, but people can support us, by reporting cases of youth allegedly using drugs. Families are first to know when their child starts consuming drugs,” he said.
The public-police interaction witnessed participation of over 300 residents, including bank officials, school principals, traders, businessmen and members of truck and auto unions.
Municipal councillors C B Goel and Lily Bawa were also present and drew attention towards the increasing number of snatching incidents in the town and safety of senior citizens.
Vishnu Goyal, chairman, Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industries, stressed the need for safety in the Industrial Area, Phase I and II, bordering Punjab.
Some residents of Sector 15 and 16 highlighted the need for more PCRs to check on criminals, including youth who go triple-riding in markets in evenings and allegedly harass girls outside schools and colleges during the day.
There were a few complaints from residents about their lost cellphones, tenant verification and more focus on safety of senior citizens.
A a senior citizen, Sandeep Kumar, said such a police-public meet was held in Panchkula after 24 years and urged the police to hold such interactions after regular intervals.