PC Thakur took charge as the state director-general of police (DGP) on Thursday. While interacting with the media, he said one of the most important points of his agenda would be to strengthen coastal security of the state.
“We will focus on strengthening the role of the Gujarat Police in securing our coastline. To do so, we will take necessary action and try to complete all pending projects related to coastal security,” he assured. This announcement comes in the wake of increased threat perception on chief minister Narendra Modi. Some recent intelligence reports suggested that Modi is the target of many terrorist groups after he was declared BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Since Kutch shares its border with Pakistan, it is believed that the police are in no mood to take chances with cross-border infiltration.
Thakur even assured of better policing in major cities, which are constantly under attack from thieves and robbers. According to the DGP, senior officers would draw up a comprehensive action plan to guide their subordinates.
“We will take all possible steps to bring down the crime rate in cities. Police will try to get to the root of the problem with the help of new techniques and technology. We will focus on strengthening the role of local agencies to keep tabs on criminals,” said Thakur.
Apart from hinting at empowering agencies like crime branch and Special Operations Group (SOG) for proactive action against criminals in major cities, Thakur even vouched to employ and train more men in the near future. “Recently, we have increased our manpower through some large-scale recruitment. We will hire more men in the force,” he said.
Thakur also emphasised the need to boost the morale and maintain the dignity of all policemen, right from a constable to the DGP. Commenting on the fake encounter cases against some officers, he said the law would take its own course. “But, it is also necessary to ensure that the morale of other policemen remains intact,” said Thakur, humbly adding that he was just a public servant abiding by principles, which cannot be compromised.