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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, December 26, 2012
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also holding the charge of state home minister, today announced constitution of separate force in the state to operate during night hours.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function here today, Sukhbir said "Punjab would be the first state in the country that would dedicate a force for night duty, which would be given permanent rest during day time".

He said that there would be a separate superintendent of police for each district for night policing.

Due to rotational night duty of policemen, night policing was getting ignored moreover policemen performing night duty were not getting adequate rest, Sukhbir said adding that it has been decided to have total dominance of police on highways and streets to check the activities of anti social elements.

He further said that Punjab police was taking special steps to sensitise the force and take prompt steps in all cases of crime against women.

Expressing concern over total collapse of law and order situation in Delhi and increasing number of crime against women, Sukhbir said that Punjab Police has taken special steps to empower the women.

He said that surprisingly there was not a single recruitment of women in the police force and on his initiative over 3000 women were recruited in the force last year and he has given directions to step up the recruitment of women to take it up to 15% of total force.