Rakesh Maria vows free and fair policing; focuses on women and child safety

Thursday, 20 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Agency: DNA

Rakesh Maria, the new Mumbai police commissioner, is back to the basics as far is policing is concerned. He would concentrate on checking organised crime, terrorism and on security of women and children, he said, adding that drug peddling would be dealt with strictly.

Maria said the complaints of missing women and children could, from now on, be registered at any police station, irrespective of where the incident occurred. It is the duty of the police to register such complaints and then pass them on to the police station concerned.

Addressing the media, he said soon a change in policing would be seen. There would be the presence of more policemen on streets, especially at night. Sale of narcotics, especially near schools and colleges, would not be tolerated.

"I have asked all police stations to prepare a list of the 10 most wanted criminals in their jurisdiction and hand over the list to senior officers. It will finally reach me. I have told policemen that nobody would ask them why the crime rate was going up, but why they had failed to prevent it," Maria said.

All police stations have also been asked to identify the areas in their jurisdiction where senior citizens and women go for morning/evening walks. Cops would be deployed in these areas to enable people to approach them if there is a problem.

The police chief said every police station would have a quick redressal desk for women and senior citizens, which will register complaints and immediately look into them.

"I have asked all police stations to prepare a list of areas frequented by women and senior citizens. Patrolling vans will be deployed in these areas during rush hours to curb eve-teasing and chain-snatching," Maria added.

Victims of sexual assaults, who are scared to go to police stations, should call on 103 helpline; women police officers will go to their place and record their statements. The case will then be handed over to the police station in the area where the victim lives.

Night patrolling would be improved to curb break-ins, thefts and motor vehicle thefts, he said.

Maria also said the anti-terrorism cell in every police station would be strengthened and would work in tandem with the Anti Terrorism Squad. Special attention would also be paid to cyber crimes and traffic problems.

During polls, Maria said the police would work to uphold the constitution and not for any political party. Free, fair and impartial action would be taken against anyone who flouts norms, irrespective of which party he/she is from.

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