Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday warned the police against indifference to vehicle theft or instances of chain-snatching as petty crime. Fadnavis, who holds the home portfolio, directed the director general of police Praveen Dixit to ensure that performance rating of the police evaluate how well it has handled citizen-related crime cases. The chief minister’s warning came on Loksahi din where it came to notice that motobike thefts in Dhule district were on the rise and police were not even registering the cases of theft in police stations.
On the first Monday of every month, Fadnavis, along with top IAS and IPS officials, holds video conference directly interacting with citizens across Maharashtra. Fadnavis addressed 15 complains received from ordinary people across the state. One of the complainants, an advocate, brought to the notice of Fadnavis the local police’s indifference to theft. The citizen told CM, “My motorcycle was stolen from court premises in Shirpur in Dhule. When I went to register the crime there was reluctance. It took me 2 months to just register a case. I took up the matter with top police officers in my district. They kept asking me to come in the morning, evening and the next day.” The advocate, along with documents, pointed out how theft of another motorcycle, of his friend, was turned down by the police. He said, “I was made to run around the police station for several days for just registering a case of motorcycle theft.” “There are at least six cases of motorcycle theft I have known which remained unregistered,” he added.
Fadnavis told DGP Dixit such callousness was not permissible. Fadnavis said, “I can understand police have many issues to tackle. But let us not forget that a person whose vehicle is stolen is badly affected and is bound to seek the help from police. Instead of addressing his concerns and helping him/her the police cannot dismiss it as trivial crime.”
The chief minister urged the district police officer to give a detailed report on why a case of theft was not registered, and action to be taken against police personnel who refused to register a case.