The project to have eight-hour duty for police personnel,introduced by police commissioner Meeran Borwankar,has gone for a toss following untoward incidents after the civic elections in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
The project was introduced at the Bhosari police station on experimental basis in November last year. The cops were earlier working for 12 to 16 hours a day. As per the new schedule,they were supposed to work for eight hours a day. The project received a positive response,and it was decided to replicate at the other police stations in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
More police personnel were required during the civic elections and the eight-hour duty schedule was discontinued. Cops,especially the constabulary,were expecting that the schedule would resume after the elections.
However,with major political brawls after the elections in different parts of city and an apparent spurt in crimes like chain snatching,the police was forced to step up security.
As a result,over two weeks after the elections,the eight-hour duty schedule has not resumed in any of the police stations. This has led to unrest among the constabulary. With ministers making remarks about the law and order situation in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad,the officers,are not taking any chances.
When contacted,deputy commissioner of police (Zone III) Dnayneshwar Chavan said,We have plans to start eight-hour duty in couple of days. We required more manpower to keep the law and order situation under control during the elections.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had recently slammed Borwankar for failure in tackling the law and order situation during civic elections. Pawar had claimed that there was no political pressure by the NCP or Congress on the Pune police commissioner,and said he was not happy with the incidents of violence after the elections in the city.