Nay Pyi Taw po­lice force copes with crimes

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­

PO­LICE have vowed stronger ac­tion against crime in Py­in­mana town­ship, the mod­estly delin­quent younger brother of se­date Nay Pyi Taw. Un­der the com­mand of Nay Pyi Taw Re­gional Po­lice Force, the Py­in­mana town­ship po­lice force is now step­ping up to its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for se­cu­rity.

Not that there is what you would call a crime wave. A crack­down launched to seize drugs and weapons has found no drugs, and one knife.

“While joint forces from Nay Pyi Taw Re­gional Po­lice Force have car­ried out checks and reg­u­lar pa­trols around the town, our Py­in­mana town­ship po­lice have as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the le­gal process,” said Py­in­mana po­lice chief Cap­tain Tin Htay.

“So far, we haven’t found any drugs, but we know that some young men carry dag­gers. If we catch any­one in pos­ses­sion of a weapon, we take ac­tion un­der sec­tion 19(e) of the pe­nal code. Just a few days ago, we filed a case re­lat­ing to pos­ses­sion of a weapon,” he said.

He said rob­beries and as­saults often oc­curred in Ywar Kaut ward.

“There are empty houses there where thieves con­gre­gate,” he said.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, a lawyer was mugged in the street out­side the Nan Sein Cake and Bak­ery shop in Py­in­mana.

The po­lice have called for the co­op­er­a­tion of the pub­lic in re­duc­ing crime, and se­cu­rity has been in­creased at a lo­cal hotspot, the Rose Round­about, the site of a night bazaar that at­tracts young peo­ple. They take self­ies, drink and get into fights, said Of­fi­cer Tin Htay.

“They come on mo­tor­bikes or in cars and take pic­tures and sit around the round­about. It’s a known haunt. We keep an eye on them,” he said, adding that noth­ing much had hap­pened dur­ing the past month.

Other places un­der in­creased po­lice se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance in­clude the town­ship elec­tric­ity of­fices, the broad­cast­ing sta­tion, the pe­tro­leum stor­age sta­tion, Nan­cho hy­dropower fa­cil­ity, the Awai­yar Dam and Myanma Eco­nomic Bank.

Since July 1, 35 crimes have been re­ported in Py­in­mana, in­clud­ing two cases of da­coitry, a rob­bery, two thefts and 29 lesser of­fences. – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

and San Layy

Photo: EPA

Po­lice of­fi­cers stand guard out­side par­lia­ment in Nay Pyi Taw in 2011.

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