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Taking urban police closer to people

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, OCT.4. A new "sub-control system" of functioning aimed at giving a boost to urban policing would be introduced from next week in the three districts of Krishna, East Godavari and West Godavari forming part of the Eluru Range.

Under the new system, police personnel from each police station in urban areas would set up makeshift camps at important junctions in their jurisdictions to hear grievances and complaints from the general public. The camps would function every day from 9 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 8 pm.

General public can lodge complaints about eve teasing, thefts, robberies and other anti-social activities at these camps without having to go to police stations.

On an average, there would be four to five such camps under each police station, the Additional Director-General of Police, V. Dinesh Reddy, and the Inspector-General of Police, Andhra Region, C.N.Gopinath Reddy, told a news conference here on Monday.

"The idea is to take policing virtually to the doorstep of people and ensure that their grievances are sorted out within the least possible time," Mr. Dinesh Reddy explained.

He said the camps would be headed by SHOs or local ASIs, who would be assisted by head constables, constables and home guards.

Such camps would be set up at important urban areas like Vijayawada, Bandar, Gudivada, Nandigama, Nuzivid, Hanuman Junction, Eluru, Narsapur, Bhimavaram, Palakole, Kovvur, Kakinada, Amalapuram, Mandapeta, Tuni and other areas.

SHOs accountable

Mr. Reddy said henceforth, local station house officers (SHOs) would be held responsible for disciplinary action in case of any flare-up of law and order problem. This, he said, was being done with a view to ensuring total accountability of the SHOs for effective maintenance of law and order.

He said it would be the duty of every SHO to ensure that any issue with a potential to flare up into a major controversy was nipped in the bud.

Highway traffic

Expressing the Government's resolve to improve traffic management in the State, Mr. Reddy said an in-depth survey had been taken up to study the present conditions on the four important highways in the region viz; - NH 9, NH 5, Annavaram to Konaseema and Eluru to Rajahmundry.

The consultancy firm which had taken up the survey was expected to submit its report to the State Government by the next fortnight, based on which necessary actionslike posting of additional police personnel, speed breakers and other steps would be taken up, Mr. Reddy said.

He said the Chief Secretary had been approached for according permission to officers of the rank of SI to book cases against traffic violators on the highways and collect compounding fee. At present, such powers were vested only with the officers of the rank of CI.

Referring to the long-pending demand for creation of commissionerates at Tirupati, Guntur and Warangal, Mr. Reddy said initially proposals were there for creation of special posts of urban SP for these towns.

Thereafter, over a period of time, the feasibility of creating commissionerates at these places would be considered, he added.

While declining replies to queries on the talks with naxalites, the Additional DGP said that the police would provide a "safe-passage" to naxalite leaders who would come for talks with the Home Minister.

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