Delhi: Shift focus to criminals with firearms, says Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik

Amulya Patnaik, at the recent crime review meeting held at the Delhi Police Headquarters, also asked deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) to take action against “robbers, snatchers and criminals carrying firearms”.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: October 22, 2018 2:45:17 am
‘Kidnapping’ victim found in room at police station EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, July 28 Five persons, including two policemen posted at New Usmanpur police station, have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a man, accused in several criminal cases, from northeast Delhi's Nand Nagari area and confining him inside a room at the station. It is also alleged that they demanded a Rs 1 lakh ransom from his family members for his release. All five accused were sent to judicial custody on Saturday, and the two officers were also dismissed from service. Police said the arrested accused were identified as head constable Jitender Dutt, constable Mohit Malik and their informers Attar Hassan, Isthkar and Vijay Kumar. The matter came to light on July 26 after the man's wife registered a complaint, alleging that someone kidnapped her husband and demanded Rs 1 lakh for his release. “After registering an FIR, police started their investigation. Pretending to broker a deal, they asked the kidnappers to take the money from Shastri Nagar, and arrested them from there. The arrested persons then led police to the victim, who was rescued from a room in New Usmanpur police station,” an officer said, adding that the man had been picked up in connection with a theft case, and the extortion plot folded later. “JCPs of all ranges should personally visit crime-affected areas of their jurisdiction, make meaningful preventive strategies and implement the same on the ground,” a senior police officer said. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

To prevent street crime in the capital, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik has asked joint commissioners of police of all five ranges to visit crime-affected areas in their jurisdiction and come up with strategies to deter criminals carrying firearms.

Patnaik, at the recent crime review meeting held at the Delhi Police Headquarters, also asked deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) to take action against “robbers, snatchers and criminals carrying firearms”.

“All 14 DCPs should chalk out effective strategies to create a deterrent impact on criminals moving firearms in their areas concerned,” Patnaik said in the meeting.

He added that local beat staff must be involved in gathering information about activities of local registered criminals and anti-social elements in their areas. “They should take prompt preventive action against them. In case of failure, strict accountability must be fixed,” the police chief said.

He also asked JCPs and DCPs to seek explanations from the SHOs concerned in appropriate cases. “JCPs of all ranges should personally visit crime-affected areas of their jurisdiction, make meaningful preventive strategies and implement the same on the ground,” a senior police officer said.

Patnaik also asked DCPs and additional DCPs to do foot-patrolling with their teams in crime-prone areas during vulnerable times. “Integrated checking along with PCR and traffic should also be done on a regular basis, with a focus, particularly on criminals, moving around with firearms,” he added.

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