Detainees are better off than police personnel at Chhola Mandir police station in Bhopal. This may seem bizarre but 66 staffers of this police station, including in-charge of police station, are forced to stay packed in three rooms.
Apart from the space crunch, the police personnel have to walk for more than 200 meters to urinate in open. "The detainees are in a better position as they are less in number than us. There is only a 10X10 feet room for staff. We have no option left but to stay packed in the room to complete documentation work of the cases," said a policeman, wishing anonymity.
He further said there is only a small toilet at the police station, which has been reserved for the detainees. "We can't take the detainees out of the police station for nature’s call; therefore, the toilet is reserved for detainees. We prefer to go outside," he further said.
Another policeman said they have to guard the detainees all the time as there is no lock-up at the police station. "Couple of policemen are especially deployed to keep watch on the detainees. We cannot keep them alone as they may escape," the policeman said.
Chhola Mandir police station came into existence in year 2010. Earlier, it was a police outpost under Nishatpura police station. On an average, 900 crime cases are registered here in every year and Chhola Mandir locality is considered as one of the sensitive localities of the city. The police station has 66 staffers, including an inspector, four sub-inspectors, six assistant sub-inspector, 22 head constables and 33 constables.
Admitting that the situation is poor at police station and police personnel have to face adverse conditions, deputy inspector general of police (DIG), D Sreenivasa Varma said the process to construct police station building is under process.
"We have identified land at some places and I hope it would be allotted within a month. Once we get land, the building would be constructed as soon as possible, as the police headquarters is ready to give requisite budget for the construction of building," Varma said.