Monday, May 14, 2007

Understaffed, cops remain vulnerable -

Understaffed, cops remain vulnerable
Monday May 14 2007 11:47 IST

PHULBANI: Keeping in view the Naxal problem, the posts of Officer-In-Charge of five police stations bordering Rayagada and Gajapati districts, were upgraded to Inspector-In-Charge.

But no other step has been taken to address the issue. Even as the ultras continue to flex muscles, the police stations remain handicapped for want of weapons and other safety measures.

One of the most sensitive police stations in the region is the Kotagarh police station. Besides the IIC, it requires four sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, 15 constables, one Havildar and a writer.

But it is functioning only with one sub-inspector, an assistant sub-inspector and six constables, lamented IIC Harekrushna Pradhan.

Kotagarh, Bamunigaon, Tumudibandha, Belghar and Daringbadi police stations face power failure. The officers have been demanding a generator set for each police station.

These police stations are not secure in any form, said Balliguda Sub-Divisional Police Officer Bhabani Sankar Pattnaik.

Understaffed, cops remain vulnerable -

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