Old PCR ve­hi­cles trou­bling Gu­ru­gram cops

Millennium Post - - CITY - PIYUSH OHRIE

GU­RU­GRAM: The chal­lenge of law and or­der in Gu­ru­gram can be gauged from the fact that on an av­er­age ev­ery day there are two cases of snatch­ing, eight cases of ve­hi­cles theft and six cases of house bur­g­leries.

More­over, to en­sure the safety of women on the streets, pa­trolling done by the po­lice is one of the ma­jor steps to pre­vent crime against women.

Lack of po­lice of­fi­cials for long has been cited as a ma­jor de­fi­ciency. Of­fi­cial data high­lights how dys­func­tional PCR ve­hi­cles are fur­ther pro­long­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties for law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

Over 40 per cent of the bikes that polic use are ob­so­lete and 26 per cent of four wheel­ers are de­funct. More­over, it has been years since new pur­chases have been made. In the past help from corporates have re­sulted in sup­ply of new ve­hi­cles to the district po­lice.

There is an in­ven­tory of over 208 bikes with the the Gu­ru­gram po­lice out of which 80 are de­funct. The 128 two-wheel­ers that are in use are not in a good shape and re­quire reg­u­lar main­te­nance. Out of 144 four­wheel­ers that are avail­able with the district po­lice, over fif­teen ve­hi­cles are al­ready more than fif­teen years old and as per the law, they need to be dis­carded. There are ten more ve­hi­cles that are ap­proach­ing the mark of be­ing op­er­a­tional for fif­teen years.

There have been in­stances in the past es­pe­cially in the out­skirts of Gu­ru­gram like Sohna where crim­i­nals have not been caught by the law en­force­ment of­fi­cials just be­cause the of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle broke down mid way. The is­sue of poor qual­ity of ve­hi­cles be­ing used by law en­force­ment of­fi­cials has been raised by po­lice of­fi­cials. Sources claim that BS Sandhu, DGP Haryana, has raised this is­sue with the gov­ern­ment. The ur­gency of the gov­ern­ment to en­hance the re­sources for the district po­lice be­comes even more acute since there have been spate of crimes in the posh ar­eas of Golf course, golf course ex­ten­sion, MG, Sohna road Na­tional High­way-8 and Gu­ru­gram-farid­abad road.

The rape of a mar­ried woman near the Golf Course ex­ten­sion road in Jan­uary had again ex­posed the spike of heinous crimes in these ar­eas.

It has been long since MG road which is also known as the mall mile has be­come no­to­ri­ous with a lot of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

In the past, besides brazen in­ci­dents of women be­ing mo­lested, there has been a shootout in the mall and a ve­hi­cle tried to run over a po­lice of­fi­cial.

Of­fi­cial data shows how dys­func­tional PCR ve­hi­cles are pro­long­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties for law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in Gu­ru­gram

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