Thursday, July 09, 2009

'Nagpur cops doing good job'

9 Jul 2009, 0101 hrs IST, TNN

NAGPUR: Minister of state for home (urban) Naseem Arif Khan on Wednesday patted the Nagpur police on its back for doing a good job. On his maiden
visit to the city after being inducted into the ministry four months ago, the minister held a meeting of the top police officials of the city to assess their work.

"The city police is doing an excellent work. The crime rate has shown dip every six months and the detection rate in major crimes is also satisfactory," he said. "But looking at the sensitive situation all over the state after the 26/11 attack, I have instructed the city police commissioner to submit a list of vacancies at all levels in the department so that the posts could be filled as soon as possible to make the police ready for any eventuality."
Khan announced that a major offensive would be launched soon by the state in co-ordination with the Centre and the neighbouring states with a view to wiping out Naxal menace. Similarly the state was strengthening its preparedness to counter terror attacks. "We have acquired new vehicles and latest equipment to modernize the police. A National Security Guards unit has been set up in Mumbai and Force 1, a 350-strong unit of best equipped and skilled officers, is getting ready in the state. In the next few months the state police will see a major transformation," he added.

About opening of five new police stations in the city with adequate staff promised by the government on the floor of the state legislature, the minister said all procedures would be followed to set up the required police stations in the city soon. About the drunk driving campaign, the minister said henceforth every police station would be held responsible for violations and offences in and around the licenced beer bars in its jurisdiction.

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