Police chief promises justice for women

The new Pune Commissioner of Police, Meera Borwankar, has a major challenge of making the city safe for women.

Tackling terrorism, traffic and thefts are on her priority list, she told reporters at a Meet-the-Press programme organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists here on Wednesday.

Ms. Borwankar succeeded Satyapal Singh last week after a major re-shuffle in the Maharashtra police.

Aware of the expectations, Ms. Borwankar said that as the first woman Police Commissioner in the State, she would try to make the city a better place to live for everyone. Talking about crimes against women, she said that she will follow up cases in courts. “I will make sure women in this city get justice,” she added.

Ms. Borwankar said she would lay special emphasis on the “fitness and preparedness” of the staff deployed to respond to terrorist threats in the city, rocked by the February 13 blast at the German Bakery that claimed 17 lives.

She added that she had reviewed the training and fitness aspect of the force manning the sensitive areas, identified after the terror attack. All police stations in Pune will register all cases, even those of petty crimes, she said.

She appealed to the citizens to trust the police and first register a complaint.

Among the new initiatives, cases involving mobile phone and two-wheeler thefts will be tackled too. Night patrolling will be increased to ensure the safety of people, especially women, she added.

She said the police would take special initiatives to deal with crimes during Ganesh festivities in the city, which attract large assemblies of people.

  • Meera Borwankar took charge in Pune
  • She succeeds Satyapal Singh

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