Po­lice re­view safety mea­sures for se­nior cit­i­zens

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: Two days af­ter an 84- year- old man and his care­taker were mur­dered in Kasar­va­davali in Thane, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice are re­view­ing the ex­ist­ing mech­a­nism they have for the safety of the el­derly.

The grue­some Thane mur­ders have shocked res­i­dents of the satel­lite city. Those se­nior cit­i­zens whose, chil­dren do not live with them, have started feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble.

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice have been con­duct­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings with the el­derly. How­ever, all the el­derly can­not come to the meet­ing for var­i­ous rea­sons.

Ke­shar Singh, pres­i­dent of Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, Vashi, said, “Even as the po­lice are tak­ing steps for se­nior cit­i­zens in the city, more steps are to be taken to strength- en the mech­a­nism. They should reg­u­larly visit se­nior cit­i­zens’ cen­tres. The pres­i­dent or the sec­re­taries of such as­so­ci­a­tion will give them de­tails of all the peo­ple who stay alone and so they will be able to reach out to them.”

He added that the num­ber of meet­ings should also be in­creased. “We have only one con­sta­ble for 700- 750 peo­ple. Be­cause of man­power short­age, the po­lice’s role is lim­ited. So the peo­ple who stay alone should visit the near­est po­lice sta­tion and give their con­tact num­bers to them,” he added.

Hemant Sharma, so­cio-le­gal head of NGO Sa­hayak, said that the po­lice should strengthen their in­form­ers’ net­work for en­sur­ing safety of the el­derly. “The po­lice can­not be ev­ery­where due to lack of man­power.”

The po­lice said they have been tak­ing ev­ery step for the safety of se­nior cit­i­zens.

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Dhan­raj Dayama said, “We have a data base of se­nior cit­i­zens at ev­ery po­lice sta­tion in the city. Our of­fi­cials keep are in touch with those who live alone and also visit them reg­u­larly.”

Sana­pada is one of the ar­eas where there is a size­able pop­u­la­tion of the el­derly. “So we con­duct more meet­ings there,” he added. “We have formed What­sApp groups for reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion with such peo­ple. We get up­dates from peo­ple staying in dif­fer­ent parts of the city,” he added.

We have also formed What­sApp groups for reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion with such peo­ple. DHAN­RAJ DAYAMA, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice

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