September 19, 2018

Extra cover near schools

Patna: Plans are afoot to deploy additional patrol vehicles near schools in the wake of three incidents of kidnapping of students for ransom in the past few weeks.

Deputy inspector-general (central range) Rajesh Kumar held a meeting with senior officials on Saturday to chalk out a strategy to check crime. The meeting attended by SP (rural) Lallan Mohan Prasad and three city SPs and SP (traffic) was organised on the direction of inspector-general (Patna zone) NH Khan.

Lallan Mohan Prasad, who is officiating as senior superintendent of police (SSP), said the vehicles will be deployed near schools in shifts. The spots where these will remain parked have been identified, he added. “Cops will be given instructions to prevent crime in and around schools. Each vehicle will look after two-three schools in the locality, the officiating SSP said.

Three kidnapping cases were reported from Patliputra, Agamkuan and Ram Krishna Nagar police stations in the past one month. While one of them was killed, two were rescued by the cops and handed over to their families.

The meeting also discussed crimes such as cash loot, vehicle theft and chain snatching. “It was also decided to implement beat policing more effectively. The visibility of the police force will also be increased,” an officer said.

Checking of helmets and motorbikes will restart. Check posts at strategic locations will be assigned the task. “You will feel the difference in three-four days,” the acting SSP said.

SP (traffic) Prantosh Kumar Das was directed to deal with problems related to traffic bottlenecks. The DIG warned officials of action if found lax in implementing the new strategy to control crime.

IG Khan said the DIG will monitor the execution of the new strategy to deal with incidents of crime, especially the serious ones.

Police recently submitted a proposal to install 500 more CCTVs at strategic locations to keep surveillance. At present, 140 CCTVs have been installed from Saguna Mor in the east to Patna City in the west. The Dial 100 has also been strengthened.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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