4 months on, post of ad­di­tional CP lies va­cant

With no of­fi­cer in place, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Dilip Sawant has been hold­ing ad­di­tional charge

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com G MOHIUDDIN JEDDY

Al­though it has been al­most four months since the ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice of Navi Mum­bai, VR Chauhan, was pro­moted and trans­ferred to Pune as the in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (IGP), the state is yet to fill up the post.

Chauhan, who had re­placed Fateh Singh Patil in May last year, was trans­ferred to Pune as the IGP of wire­less in the sec­ond week of Jan­uary. With no of­fi­cer in place, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Dilip Sawant has been hold­ing the ad­di­tional charge.

The ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice in Navi Mum­bai over­sees the traf­fic, crime, ad­min­is­tra­tion and other important branches of the depart­ment. Ac­cord­ing to sources, in the ab­sence of an of­fi­cer of the rank, the depart­ment is los­ing its grip over the city.

“The deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice of crime branch is a cru­cial post. The of­fi­cer is re­spon­si­ble for pre­vent­ing and de­tect­ing crime, in­creas­ing con­vic­tion rate and main­tain­ing law and or­der in the en­tire city,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

The sce­nario with re­gards to preven­tion and de­tec­tion of crime has not been im­pres­sive this year. As many as 176 ve­hi­cles were stolen from dif­fer­ent parts of Navi Mum­bai be­tween Jan­uary and March. The po­lice re­cov­ered only 44 ve­hi­cles, a mere 25% of the stolen ve­hi­cles.

Of the 49 cases of rob­bery reg­is­tered in the first three months, only 26 cases were solved. Only 44 out of 125 bur­glary cases have been de­tected. The po­lice have reg­is­tered 305 cases of theft, but they have been able to solve only 102 cases so far.

“This is just one as­pect of the poor per­for­mance of the po­lice in the past few months. You may find more prob­lems in other branches such as the head­quar­ters, anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing cell, anti-ex­tor­tion cell, spe­cial branch, among oth­ers,” an­other of­fi­cer said.

“Safety and se­cu­rity of peo­ple in the coastal ar­eas, pre­vent­ing ter­ror-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties by keep­ing sus­pected peo­ple un­der sur­veil­lance, pre­vent­ing the en­try of il­le­gal arms traders are some of the ar­eas that need spe­cial at­ten­tion in Navi Mum­bai. Ap­point­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cer to han­dle th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is a must,” he said.

Prab­hat Ranjan, po­lice com­mis­sioner of Navi Mum­bai, said, “I don’t have any idea when the gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to ap­point an of­fi­cer for the post. I am also not aware if they have al­ready se­lected some­one for it.”

TUKARAM MUNDE IS NEW MU­NIC­I­PAL COM­MIS­SIONER Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare has been trans­ferred as mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of Pune, while So­la­pur district col­lec­tor Tukaram Munde has been trans­ferred as the Navi Mum­bai mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner.

Munde, an IAS of­fi­cer of 2005 batch, is con­sid­ered an up­right of­fi­cer and has been fe­lic­i­tated by the chief min­is­ter thrice for his ex­cel­lent per­for­mance. His work as a col­lec­tor has earned him praise.

While his ac­tions have rubbed some po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests the wrong way, they have been much ap­pre­ci­ated in So­la­pur by public, say sources. He is known to be tough on in­ef­fi­cient of­fi­cials.

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