A total of 1,544 cadets including 465 women were inducted into the Maharashtra police force after they graduated as police sub-inspectors (PSIs) during the 108th passing out parade (PoP) on Friday.
In an impressive march past, the largest batch in the history of state police slow marched at the PoP on the new parade ground at the Maharashtra Police Academy (MPA). The glorious moment in the lives of newly-inducted officers was witnessed by their families and friends who were present in large numbers.
Addressing the young officers, home minister R R Patil asked them to maintain the honour of the police force. “It is your duty to ensure peace and harmony in the country. The jawans guard the borders of the nation from outside attacks, it is your duty to guard within. There are expectations from you to safeguard life and property in the state.”
Stating that Maharashtra is the only state to deploy such a large number of women in its police force, Patil said “Maharashtra has always ensured the safety and security of women and now it is your duty to continue the tradition.”
Speaking about transparency in postings, Patil told the young cops that ‘influence’ cannot be entertained in such matters. “I congratulate those who have believed in the system and not used any ‘influence’ for postings. Those who have done so, have not been successful as transparency has been maintained considering merit as the only criteria, in postings of all cadet officers. Maharashtra boundaries stretch from Gadchiroli to Sindhudurga and every place needs to be guarded by the police.”
Minister of state for home Satej Patil asked the PSIs to efficiently deal with the changing crime scenario. “In the present challenging times it has been observed that patience is lost easily. However, as police officers you must handle situations patiently,” he said.
61,000 cops to be recruited
Speaking to the press after the PoP, home minister R R Patil said that 12,000 police personnel including officers will be recruited this year in the state police force. This comes after the state government’s decision to recruit another 61,000 police personnel in the coming years.
Patil explained that the need for more police personnel was felt as the present staff is working extra hours and also because of the growth and development of the state which calls for more vigil in maintaining law and order. Besides, there is also the issue of Naxalism which needs to be dealt with in the state, he said.
Patil informed that the finance ministry had approved the recruitment process.
Dabholkar murder case
On the delay in nabbing the culprits of the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar and the rising demand to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or National Investigation Agency (NIA), Patil said that the he had “faith” in the police department of the state and its officers who better know the local situation. “It may take some time but the culprits will be nabbed”, he assured.
Even as Patil expressed faith in his officers, he also blamed them for the escape of Indian Mujahideen operative Afzal Usmani while he was being produced in the MCOCA court on September 20. “It was negligence on the part of the police and also the communication gap between the court and the police department,” Patil said.
Best of the batch
Best Cadet in Drill and PT, Best All Round Cadet of the Batch - Sword of Honour – Gurav Rajendra Dinkar
Cadet in Studies and Second Best Trainee of the Batch – Bhamare Mayur Sahebrao
Cadet in Cultural Activity – Kamraj Harshal Satish
Behaved Cadet – Kamble Suhas Bhimrao
Cadet in Turnout – Deore Roshan Jibhau
Cadet in Sports – Khan Junaid Bashir
Cadet in Rifle and Revolver Shooting – Kute Vilas Vasant
Cadet in Crime Investigation – Rathod Avinash Ashok
All Round Woman Cadet in the Batch and Best Woman Cadet in Indoor Subject – Shinde Tejashri Rohidas
Cadet in Modern Technology in Dealing with Crowd and Unlawful Assembly – Korabu Suresh Sayaji
Cadet in Criminology – Mane Suvarna Mahadev
Cadet in Law - Kolekar Amol Ramchandra