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DGP cuts fuel line for misused vehicles
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Upset over the misuse of vehicles by senior Punjab Police officers, the Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, has ordered that no fuel should be provided for vehicles that are in excess of the original allocation to an officer.

All such vehicles are actually meant for other purposes like policing duty and use at police stations across the state.

Last Friday, during the state-level crime review meeting, the DGP was reportedly furious over the misuse of vehicles in the police force. He had ordered stocktaking of all vehicles besides a head count of personnel posted in districts and their actual place of deployment.

Sources said the exact number of such misused vehicles would be hard to determine as no formal allocation is made of excess vehicles to any officer. In some cases it has been found that police officers in the districts have kept vehicles for personal use which were actually meant for use at a particular police station.

Since Friday's tongue-lashing by the DGP, a few of the misused vehicles have been sent back to the places where they were originally supposed to be. The DGP confirmed the development. To bring uniformity in the allocation of vehicles, no fuel will be provided to vehicles that are being wrongly used by any officer. “We expect all excess vehicles to be returned by the officers”, said the DGP.

The Punjab Police top brass had found that vehicles were being used for the families of officers and other purposes. Some of them were even using more than five vehicles. And even luxury vehicles like the Chevrolet Tavera had been found to be misused by officers. Mr Virk, when asked on Friday why no action was initiated earlier, had said :" These are maladies in any armed force and we have to keep a continuous check.”

In the recent past the Punjab Police devised a way to bypass officers at the district level and vehicles were sent direct to police stations and handed over to the SHOs, who are supposed to use these for taking criminals to court or doing duty at checkpoints. At one point of time the Union Ministry of Home Affairs also sent vehicles direct to police stations . Officials of the level of SHO had brought to the notice of their seniors at the headquarters here how they were facing a shortage of vehicles and finding it difficult to even carry out day-to day duties.

Six months ago the Punjab Police had ordered a review of security and pruned the number of security personnel deployed with police officers.




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