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Push to arm city’s traffic policemen

A traffic policeman wielding a baton and armed with a gun on the waist holster is an incongruous sight. But ever since the city Police Commissioner asked all police personnel, including traffic policemen, to carry service revolvers or pistols a few months ago, there has been a push to arm the force.

But sources said that each of the 40 traffic police stations in the city has been provided with only four pistols, which are being used by the inspector and the three most-senior officers. This leaves the rest of the staff below the rank of sub-inspector unarmed.

“The officers on the ground remain unprotected and are vulnerable to attacks,” said a senior police officer. Just last week, a 53-year-old traffic policeman was stabbed by an autorickshaw driver. “Many traffic police officers feel that carrying weapon on duty could help avoid ugly confrontations,” the officer added.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R. Hitendra said pistols and revolvers would be issued based on each station’s requisition for them. “We have adequate number of weapons in the armoury, but the police station concerned has to apply for them,” he said.

However, many traffic policemen, especially personnel who are about to retire, said they are not comfortable carrying a weapon.

“The weapon does not look good with the traffic uniform,” said a senior traffic police officer.



Many of them, especially personnel about to retire, are not comfortable carrying a weapon



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