Private security agencies offering services in the industrial townships and at sensitive installations including mega hydro-power projects and dams,will now be required to get itself registered with Himachal Pradesh Police. They will also be asked to get their men trained in handling weapons and industrial unrest.
State police chief,B Kamal Kumar,who retires on July 31,said that of the four tasks he had drawn up for himself after he took charge as Director General of Police in February 2013,he will accomplish the last one Saturday with the rolling out of states first industrial policing and security plan.
His four tasks included zero tolerance in crime against women,narcotics trade and drug menace,rash and negligent driving and industrial policing in fast growing industrial hubs - most of these on the states borders and prone to thefts,rioting,kidnappings,murders and dacoities.
The industrial policing and society plan takes care of all important aspects of industrial safety,free and smooth trade and commerce,uninterrupted production and movement of the goods and secure environment,particularly in the border districts, Kumar told the Indian Express.
In past some years,115 cases relating to crimes in industrial areas have been reported. Out of these 32 cases were in Baddi area alone,65 in Solan district (excluding Baddi),five in Una and eight in Sirmaur district.
Vital installations in the state including hydel projects have also been brought under the cover of the industrial protection and policing. The plan will follow certain Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs),both for the police and industrialists,in ensuring a foolproof security,safety and response during emergencies including fires hazards,leakage of dangerous and poisonous gases and chemicals and explosives.
Revival of the traditional beat system by the police and vulnerability analysis of industrial hubs,electronic surveillance such as CCTV systems within and outside the industrial premises,important road crossings,ATMs in the industrial towns,banks and interstate barriers has been given top propriety, he added.
The new plan makes it mandatory for all private security agencies to get themselves registered with the police and also have its men trained in handling of important weapons,surveillance and even intelligence gathering on activities of persons visiting the industrial hubs. In fact,it proposes that no private security agency,in future,will be allowed to operate without the permission of the police. They will be asked to work in close coordination with the police and hold regular meetings for sharing of common information.
The DGP said that another aspect of the plan also relates to a mandatory registration of migrant labour,pheriwalas,close interactions with truck,tempo and taxi unions,labour unions having affiliations to political parties including CPI,CPM,Congress and BJP and local industrial workers.
On the other tasks,which he successfully achieved during the past five months,he expressed satisfaction on some innovative steps introduced to tackle cases of crime against women. For vthe first time ever,a state-level committee under DIG (crime) Satwant Atwal,states first woman IPS officer,was instituted to oversee investigations in such cases.
FIRs in the women related crime cases were lodged on the basis of SMS. A quick action team of seven fully trained women police personnel has been stationed in Shimla,which has a dedicated vehicle (driven by a woman constable) to reach to the spot of crime. The traffic in Himachal towns is handled by women constables. There are evening patrol parties of women constables to ensure safety and security of women and young girls in Shimla, he added.