In an attempt to monitor the activity of all his subordinates posted with special team for active robbers and snatchers (STARS) and special task force (STF), a deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has ordered duty officers (DOs) of the two units to call him directly after making a daily diary (DD) entry whenever a suspect called by them enters their respective offices.
The DCP concerned, G Ram Gopal Naik, confirmed he had issued the directive. The directive comes days after Naik received complaints about his subordinates.
“Naik has directed all DOs of STARS and STF to enquire about everyone entering their offices and make DD entry. After that, they have to inform him on phone,” a senior police officer said. “Drama unfolded three days ago inside the office of one of the units when after entering inside his office, an ACP immediately called all his subordinates and asked them to first move out all the people called by them in connection with cases. Later, he asked the DO to make a DD entry while apprising them of fresh directions issued by DCP Naik,” sources said.
Last year, rattled by frequent complaints against personnel of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch for allegedly harassing innocent people, the then special commissioner of police (crime branch) Taj Hassan had issued an order directing his subordinates to take permission of their DCPs concerned before calling any “suspect” to the police station. “However, some officers were not following these directions, especially after Hassan left the unit,” police sources said.
In his order, Hassan wrote that in some cases, investigating officers (IOs) called “suspects” against whom there was no evidence. “This is done without informing the deputy commissioner of police concerned and leads to harassment of innocent people,” he wrote.