Dedicated cells to tackle cases of drug, vehicle theft
The Navi Mumbai police is all out to tighten its leash on drug peddlers.
It recently opened an antinarcotic cell to keep a tab on those who come to the city to sell narcotics from other places.
They have also formed an antivehicle theft cell to curb vehicle thefts which have increased in the past few years.
Each cell has two officers and 10 constables. “They have been given an office near the old building of NRI police station at Belapur village,” a senior officer said.
“Unlike Mumbai and Thane, the Navi Mumbai police did not have the cells although a commissionerate was formed. The two cells have been formed with dedicated officers,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
The police investigations have revealed that several gangs are operating in the city to sell narcotics such as crystal meth, meow meow and LSD.
They are reportedly trying to reach out to college students through word of mouth. Several members of these gangs have been arrested by the police.
“Several gangs are still trying to create a customer base here and increase their business. However, the people who were arrested earlier were grassroot-level agents and they were responsible only for selling the drugs,” a senior officer said.
Vehicle theft cases have been increasing in Navi Mumbai.
According to the annual crime reports, as many as 594 vehicles were stolen from the satellite city last year. The police recovered only 142 which is a mere 24% of the total vehicles.
A total of 176 vehicles were stolen between January and March this year and the police recovered only 44.
“Almost all the accused in vehicle theft are outsiders. They come here, steal a vehicle and go away. If not arrested they come back again after a few months to steal another vehicle,” a crime branch officer said.
Sawant said, “If need be, the cells will be supported by officials from other units too. We are sure it will make a difference in the crime scenario of Navi Mumbai.”
Unlike Mumbai and Thane, the Navi Mumbai police did not have the cells although a commissionerate was formed. The two cells have been formed with dedicated officers. DILIP SAWANT, deputy commissioner of police (crime)