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Key police posts lie vacant as city on alert

Even as the city is on alert following the Mahabodhi Temple blasts,two key Deputy Commissioner of Police-level posts in agencies dealing with emergency situations are lying vacant

Even as the city is on alert following the Mahabodhi Temple blasts,two key Deputy Commissioner of Police-level posts in agencies dealing with emergency situations are lying vacant,with officers holding additional charge of the posts. Senior officers said the process of filling up these posts is under way.

The posts of DCP Quick Response Team (QRT) and DCP Riot Control Police (RCP) have been vacant for the past couple of years. These agencies are the first fully-equipped respondents to crisis situations all over the city.

The post of DCP QRT was created in June 2011,with the idea of centralising all QRTs under one command. Its DCP was supposed to be in charge of all QRTs,both central and regional. The QRTs are meant to be an integral part of the police’s immediate response to terrorist attacks.

Ever since its inception,DCPs with other postings have been holding additional charge of the post. Currently,however,the post is being looked after by a junior-level officer. “An Assistant Commissioner of Police with the QRT is currently holding additional charge of the post. The process of filling up the post is under way and is taking time as it was introduced only recently. We expect the post to be filled after the upcoming transfers,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey,protection and security.

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While the QRT is an important part of responding to all external and internal threats,the RCP is more focused on internal security — preventing and dealing with riots,communal or otherwise. The post of DCP RCP,which comes under the Local Armed Police,is also vacant.

Additional Commissioner of Police Vijay Chavan,Armed Police,said: “DCP Kiran Shelar (LA-II) currently holds additional charge of the post of DCP RCP as well as of LA-I. We are in the process of filling up the vacant posts.”