Ded­i­cated cells to tackle cases of drug, ve­hi­cle theft

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

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)

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