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Better late than never: Finally, Hinjewadi gets a senior cop

Monday, 24 February 2014 - 10:22am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

The IT hub of the city was deprived of a senior police inspector since April, 2013
  • Suresh Bhonsale. File Photo dna

After almost a year, the Hinjewadi police station finally has got a full time senior police inspector to take charge of the area. 
Suresh Bhosale has been appointed as the senior police inspector. The post has been vacant since April, 2013. 

Hinjewadi and the adjoining regions have been in news due to the large number of house break-ins, night robberies and chain snatching incidents.
dna has time and again reported about the crime scenario in the area and how the authorities have been apathetic about the issue. This, depsite the large number of IT companies in the area and also the high techie population. 
Why Hinjewadi needed him desperately?
dna on December 5, 2013 in it’s story titled ‘Where’s senior PI of Hinjewadi, Mr Pol?’ had raised the issue after Hinjewadi featured in the list of the top five crime spots in the city. 
The crime scene in the area has rapidly increased. In 2012, the number of complaints registered with the Hinjewadi police station had reached 300 and in 2013 the number doubled and stood at an alarming 650. 
A population of four lakhs stays in the jurisdiction of Hinjewadi police which spans across 55 kilometre. Besides with the national highways and Pune-Mumbai Expressway located near the area, the concern is even bigger.
Inspector crime (crime) Parshuram Patil, who was in-charge of the area on an ad-hoc basis has been transferred to Mumbai. Three police chowkies of Wakad, Bavdhan and Hinjewadi-MIDC fall under this jurisdiction. As per the new plan, Wakad police chowky will be converted in a police station in a year’s time. The sanctioned staff of Hinjawadi police station is 137 policemen but there are only 102 policemen currently.
Who is Bhosale? 
Bhosale has been transferred from Mumbai to Pune. He has rendered more than 25 years of service. 
“On Sunday morning, I studied the area. The number of chain-snatching incidents have increased in the area. Last year, 14 murder cases have been registered and only two culprits have been nabbed. Another issue which needs attention, is the alarming rate of house break-ins. We will hold meetings with society members and speak to them about the safety measures that need to be adopted,” said Bhosale.
He added, “Being an IT hub, I have planned to visit all the offices in the area so that citizens feel free to approach police without any hesitation. As many women work in such companies and their safety is our prime concerm. I believe in prevention of crime. If a cellphone is robbed, there is no need to lodge missing complaint, it will be treated as FIR.” 

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