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Posted at: Sep 11, 2019, 8:12 AM; last updated: Sep 11, 2019, 8:12 AM (IST)

Have zero tolerance for drugs, says new CP

Agrawal to make police stations public-friendly
Have zero tolerance for drugs, says new CP
Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill hands over charge of police commissioner to Rakesh Agrawal on Tuesday. Ashwani Dhiman

Nikhil Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, September 10

If any policeman of the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate is found conniving with drug smugglers, he or she will have to face the music immediately, said Rakesh Agrawal, who joined as Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, today. He replaces Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill who has been transferred as Police Commissioner of Amritsar.

Agrawal, who was IG Special Protection Unit, assumed charge here in the presence of Dr Gill.

“My priority will be to make the city drug-free. Every possible effort will be made to totally shut the drug business, if any, running here. If any policeman of any rank is found conniving with the drug smugglers, he/she will not be spared and immediate disciplinary action will be taken. I have zero tolerance for drug smuggling,” said Agrawal while talking to The Tribune.

He said SHOs being head of the police stations must understand that no drug network should run within their jurisdiction and if any agency caught drug peddlers in their area, then the responsibility of SHOs would be fixed.

On the unfriendly atmosphere at the police stations, the CP said the police should consider public as their friend. He would prepare a plan to resume police-public meetings to hear the grievances of the public and to get the ground report on policing.

With regard to crime detection, the CP said officers would be tasked in such a way that they could give maximum output and detect crime in minimum possible time, adding that investigation into old heinous crime cases would be intensified. “We will make maximum use of new technology to detect crime. The defunct CCTV cameras will be repaired. I think CCTV cameras are friends of the police,” said Agrawal.

Replying to a query on minimal presence of the police on roads during the night, the CP said a special plan for night patrolling will be prepared so that people living in the industrial hub could feel safe. 

Agrawal also cleared that all projects initiated by Dr Gill would continued to run.

Top heavy dept

After the recent transfers, Ludhiana now has seven more officers in the top rung and providing them with necessary infrastructure such as offices and staff is going to be a big task. Ludhiana Commissionerate now has 25 ACPs, who are one rank superior to SHOs, nine ADCPs and six DCPs. While the department has 4,500-odd staff, 28 police stations always complain of shortage. Providing newly shifted officers with staff will add to the crunch at the police stations.

16 CPs since 2010, Gill has maximum tenure

Since 2010, when the police commissionerate system was launched in Ludhiana, the industrial town has seen 16 police commissioners assuming charge. Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill was the 15th CP to join here. 

  • Ishwar Singh (2010) 1 year 5 months
  • SS Chauhan (2011)  6 months
  • Ishwar Chandar (2011) 2 months, 23 days
  • Ishwar Singh (2012) 1 year and 3 months
  • PS Gill (2013) 5 months
  • NS Dhillon (2013) 3 months
  • PS Gill (2014) 40 days
  • Sanjeev Kalra (2014) 2 months
  • RK Jaiswal (2014) 23 days
  • Pramod Ban (2014) 1 year, 45 days
  • PS Umranangal (2015) 7 months, 23 days
  • Jatinder Aulakh (2016) 11 months, 17 days
  • Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh (2017) 38 days
  • RN Dhoke (2017) 11 months, 14 days
  • Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill (2018) 1 year, 5 months

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