City police chief RP Upadhyaya admits shortcomings

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 13:44 IST

UT inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya on Thursday started off with three major failures of Chandigarh police and went on to list out various plans for the development of the city.

The IGP, in his second ever interaction with the media since he joined in January 2013, was smart enough to bypass tough questions without getting controversial. But he left the media yearning for more direct answers to the queries posed on the racket of gambling, police “misbehaviour” with motorists on the road.

Upadhyaya said the city police would introduce another application ‘lost and found’, which would have online DDR filing system, wherein people could report regarding their lost items. He said besides extending ‘raksha’ application launched for women safety to senior citizens, public window complaint filing system would be extended through ATM kiosk. The police clearance certificate would also be made online.

The IGP was accompanied by UT DIG AS Cheema, SSP Sukchain Singh Gill and SSP (traffic) Manish Chaudhry.

‘Police failed to solve three major crimes’

Upadhyaya said they admitted that the police had not been able to solve three major crimes that took place last year.

They had not been able to track the accused even after getting leads. He referred to the robbery of Rs 5 lakh from the cash van of a nationalised bank at Khuda Ali Sher. The carjacking incident of a Haryana undersecretary Ishwar Singh in which the robbers had forcibly took away his car and threw him out of the car near Kurali. Besides, the robber, who had shot at a salesman in Sector 22 before escaping with three trays of gold chains, was yet to be traced. Though the robber was caught on the CCTV camera installed at the jewellery shop and reward money was announced, the Chandigarh police continue to grope in the dark about his whereabouts.

‘Trend of children hiring goons in elite schools dangerous’

The UT IGP said the trend of children hiring goons in some of the elite schools was dangerous. He said: “We are planning to rope in schoolteachers, principals and parents to sensitise them. The names of the wards of the cops coming in the controversy is also a serious issue on which we are also briefing our force.”

‘In most cases accused let off as a result of compromise’

He said the conviction rate of Chandigarh police was 58% during last one year, which was quite good. Upadhayaya said there were number of external reasons for acquittals in criminal cases. He said acquittals were not always due to shoddy investigations as in most cases accused were let off as a result of compromise between the parties who did not wish to pursue the case.

‘most of rape accused known to victims’

The inspector general of police said they were getting analysis of the rapes to know the reasons leading to the heinous crime. A study was conducted to know the profile of accused and reasons leading to rape, especially minors.

There were 65 rape cases registered in Chandigarh in 2014 as against 45 cases in 2013. He said in 63 cases of total 65, majority of accused were known to the victims.

‘52% city-registered vehicles challaned’

He said they had been mainly focusing on challaning the motorists who were violating the rules so that safety of the commuters could be ensured. Last year, they had issued challans to around three lakh traffic violators.

He said contrary to the belief that the traffic police seemed to be after drivers of outstation vehicles to achieve their target of challans, 52% city-registered vehicles were challaned for traffic violation.

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