Need to strengthen police information network in Punjab : DGP

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Chandigarh, Nov 12 (UNI) Punjab Director General of Police N P S Aulakh today underlined the need to strengthen the existing information network to keep vigil on the activities of former terrorists, who have been acquitted or bailed out recently, and their sympathisers.

He was presiding over a monthly crime review meeting held here attended by ADGPs, Zonal IGPs, Range DIGs and SSPs.

He directed the SSPs to sensitise the police force, especially, the SHOs of the areas concerned, against those criminal elements who were trying to revitalise themselves.

Taking a serious note of the increase in robbery and snatching incidents, the DGP urged the district police chiefs to strengthen the preventive measures by identifying sensitive points and further increasing patrolling in their areas.

Mr Aulakh said it was noticed that interaction of police with public was not at the desired level. He urged the officers to constitute district level coordination committees comprising reputed and respected citizens of the area for the purpose.

These committees could play an important role in defusing the situation in case any law and order problem arose, he added.

He directed that DIGs, SSPs and other gazetted police officers to make surprise visits to the police stations, especially, in the late hours.

He also directed that drive against narcotic smugglers should be further stepped up by involving NGOs and public to demolish their supply line.

The DGP expressed concern over the increase in the number of proclaimed offenders and absconders and asked for strengthening of special cells created for nabbing them. He directed the zonal IGPs, DIGs and SSPs to personally monitor the situation on a regular basis.

He said that 'Look Out Circulars (LOC)' and 'Red Corner Notices (RCN)' should be issued in time in case of proclaimed offenders having gone abroad.

Referring to the situations when the crowd becomes violent at the slightest provocation and causes loss of property, the DGP directed the SSPs to conduct rehearsal of various drills of crowd control with minimum use of force for police personnel.

UNI

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