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WARM RECEPTION: Police Commissioner A.K. Mohanty greeting Chairman of Andhra Sugars Mullapudi Harishchandra Prasad at an interactive session with the FAPCCI members in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: Satish. H
WARM RECEPTION: Police Commissioner A.K. Mohanty greeting Chairman of Andhra Sugars Mullapudi Harishchandra Prasad at an interactive session with the FAPCCI members in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: Satish. H

Staff Reporter

You criticise us and also expect us to keep you safe: Police Commissioner

  • Mohanty explains why there are shortcomings
  • Says police handling some 25,000 cases everyday

    HYDERABAD: This was one session that should have been beamed live to all those who never waste a chance to criticise, berate and curse the Hyderabad City Police.

    Though he insisted that he was not defending his men, City Police Commissioner A.K. Mohanty made a fervent effort on Saturday to present the reality and explain why there were several shortcomings on part of the city police while discharging their duties.

    `Great mismatch'

    Speaking at an interactive session organised by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) here, Mr. Mohanty said there was a "great mismatch" in the attitude people showed toward the police and in the services they expected from the force.

    "You have the choicest of criticism for the police at whatever opportunity you get, yet you expect us to keep you safe. And we have been doing that, in spite of all the negative retorts we hear everyday," he said.

    "Whatever we do is criticised. You break a traffic rule and we catch you, it is called harassment. You jump a signal again, we challan you, it is dubbed challan raj. The attitude of defiance, of indiscipline is getting more and more ingrained in the public," he felt.

    Communally sensitive

    The Hyderabad police, which has hardly 9,000 men, was handling some 25,000 cases everyday. This was after the strength was diluted to around 1,800 men in myriad ways, including bandobast duties, VIP security, traffic regulation and several other duties.

    In spite of that, Hyderabad, compared to cities like Delhi (a police force of 63,000), Mumbai (around 44,000), Bangalore (around 24,000) and Kolkata (over 30,000), was still a safe city.

    "You should also remember that this is a communally sensitive city. We have the Naxalites, there is organised crime for ransom -- many of which are things which the police in other cities do not face," he said, adding that the city police also had to monitor around 250 political processions every month.

    Efforts were however on to improve the behaviour of policemen and the condition of police stations, he said. FAPCCI senior vice-president A. Subba Rao and others were present.


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