HT has identified areas that are dimly lit and lack police presence. We have also pointed out law-and-order issues where your focus is required?
This is a good initiative by Hindustan Times. In addition to highlighting various law-and-order issues, it is trying to proactively take up these issues towards solutions.
Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal during an interview with Hindustan Times at his office in Gurgaon. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Would you like to share some of the initiatives taken at your end?
I have directed all the SHOs to identify poorly-lit roads and lanes in their respective jurisdictions. These stretches become more crime-prone at night, giving ample room and comfort to criminals to target vulnerable citizens and get away easily.
How are you going to utilise these insights?
After assimilating information on the dark stretches, we are going to write to the departments concerned such as HUDA and MCG and request them to get the streetlights installed or fix the faulty ones falling in their respective jurisdiction.
More than 400 people died in road accidents last year. Any plans to check fatal accident deaths?
In addition to having a full-time DCP dedicated for the traffic department, we have many other plans. We have a serious problem with people putting up speed-breakers, violating the guidelines laid down by the Indian Roads Congress. There are also some traffic signal related issues where there is a need to rope in the agencies concerned.
Women in Gurgaon feel unsafe, especially after sundown. Any initiatives on the women security front?
We will soon tie up with an NGO and launch a campaign under which we will offer crash courses on various self-defence techniques. For this, we will depute ACP Pankhuri as the nodal officer for coordination on this campaign.
Even though cyber crime cases are on the rise in the city, less than 9% of the incidents get reported. Any plans to set up an effective cyber crime cell to address the issue?
Though we already have a cyber crime cell with efficient cops trained in investigating cyber crime here, it probes all kinds of crimes, including cyber crime. We have now decided to set up a dedicated wing of this cell for cyber crime cases only.