The Twitterati thought their questions in the city’s first online live chat with police commissioner Ahmed Javed on Friday evening will never get answered. Well, almost.
In the last few minutes of the scheduled half-an-hour live chat period, Javed’s Twitter handle suddenly became active and he started replying to everyone who had tweeted to him. He focussed mainly on answering questions about traffic qualms, CCTV cameras, women safety and threw in suggestions about how the residents of the city can help the Mumbai Police.
Javed started his new year inviting suggestions and discussions on ways to make Mumbai safer through a live Twitter chat (handle @CPMumbaiPolice) between 4-4.30 pm. He continued to reply for an hour after reading hundreds of tweets, although no specific replies were offered.
“Be alert. Be aware. Report violations. Your safety is our priority,” he tweeted several times talking about safety issues. In reply to a tweet: “poor ppl’s voice is not been heard in police station [sic]”, Javed tweeted, “This perception needs to go. Partner with us to dispel it #ChatWithCP.
The live chat was an attempt to directly interact with people and understand their safety concerns.
According to Javed, other senior police officers will soon be available on Twitter as well to provide easy accessibility for people to communicate. In his tweets, Javed also said that emergency assistance can also be asked on Mumbai Police’s twitter handle (@MumbaiPolice). But the complainant should be specific about the nature of emergency and contact information.
Javed also tweeted about his force’s plan to put CCTV camera coverage in the city to better use for monitoring purposes and for issuing e-challan to violators breaking traffic rules.
While initially the commissioner refrained from answering questions on the Rs 6,500-crore National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) scam, which involves about 13,000 investors, in the end he assured everyone that the probe is on and requires multiple agencies involvement which is time consuming. About 50 per cent tweets on #ChatWithCP hash tag were on the NSEL scam.