In a move that could improve intelligence gathering on the ground,the Maharashtra Police are now planning to revive community policing schemes such as the mohalla committee meetings across the state,following the 13/7 serial blasts in the city.
The state police submitted a detailed proposal on community policing for metros and a comprehensive plan for revival of the old interactive platforms such as mohalla committee to the state government last week. The state police is expected to implement the plan once the government approves the modalities.
Following the 13/7 blasts,concerns were raised about the lack of intelligence being gathered by beat policemen in sensitive parts of the city. Platforms such as the mohalla committees could help bridge the disconnect between local communities and policemen in such areas,it was suggested at the time.
A committee formed at the state police level headed by Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Satyapal Singh worked on forming a guideline,which can be adapted by the police in metros and cities,and another model for districts and villages. While the latter is a fine-tuned model of Tanta Mukthi Yojana,the former is a via-media designed for the cities,according to K Subramanyam,Director-General of Police.
A need for the dispute-resolution model was felt for the cities. The temperament and attitude of people in the city is different from that of the village,so we need to adopt something that will work there, he said.
The proposal will look into disputes that are common to cities,like those involving property,community issues and also matters involving the elderly. The model entirely driven by cops selected for community interactions will be implemented once it is approved. Subramanyam said,Community policing as an interface will look into all issues.