With the surge in the number of drug cases being registered by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police, officials have now set targets for the five ANC units in the city. As a part of the program to boost the performance of the units, the top brass has also pulled up non-performing units.
An ANC source said: “Citing the rise in the peddling of drugs in Mumbai, we were given targets to attain on a monthly basis. Accordingly, registering 100 drug consumption cases, four drug peddling cases and four drug possession cases per month was set as the target.”
In the first move of its kind, senior officials reprimanded the officials of ANC’s Kandivli unit for their poor performance, and ordering to keep the unit shut until a 15-day review of the squad’s work is completed.
ANC officials said the unit has been locked from Monday and that the team of 22 policemen of the unit has been shifted to the Cuffe Parade office, where the ANC is headquartered.
The officials have also issued a warning to the Ghatkopar unit — the officials have been asked to activate their network and crack bigger cases.
Sources said that most of the Kandivli ANC officers had residences close to the unit, which affected their work hours and performance. Hence, the officials — including one senior police inspector, two police inspectors and two assistant inspectors — have been asked to operate in south Mumbai and their work is being scrutinised on a daily basis.
Confirming the same, Vinayak Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of police (ANC) said: “We are reviewing the performance of the officials of Kandivli unit. They have already started operating in south Mumbai and are showing good results. Their performance would be reviewed for 15 days and then senior officials would take an appropriate decision on further action.”
The source added that the officers of Kandivli unit have recorded over 20 cases of drug consumption in the first five days of their new posting, something they failed to do even in a span of one month in their home turf.