The commissionerate system introduced in Panchkula district for curbing crime rate seems to have failed to serve its purpose. Ever since its inception in year 2011, the crime graph has swelled with police being able to do little to bring the trend under control.
The daring day light Rs. 50 lakh dacoity on Sunday at Panchkula has shocked the city and brought into focus the continuing incompetence of the local police force and failure of commissionerate system. Even after 24 hours, the police are clueless about the accused.
Panchkula is a part of Ambala-Panchkula commissionerate since 201,1 but still the situation of heinous crimes is same and crime investigation has been poor. Raising question over ineffectiveness of commissionerate system, Panchkula MLA DK Bansal said, “The commissionerate system has not been of any use here. No one is safe. I condemn this incident. Today, I had talked to DCP Panchkula and asked about the poor law and order situation. Extra force should be deployed and patrolling need to be increased.”
BJP leader Gian Chand Gupta said, “The commissionerate system has remained ineffective here. The way dacoits are operating in daylight the businessman community is in terror. The police administration has completely failed. Everyday there are thefts, robberies and dacoities. The police stations have become centres of extortion. Chain snatchings have become too common. We are meeting Commissioner of Police, Ambala-Panchkula, Ajay Singhal, On Tuesday along with other businessman.”
Mayor, Panchkula, Upinder Kaur Walia said, “The commissionerate system has failed because they do not have resources. The strength of force is quite low. They should put up more check posts at entry points.”
SK Nayar, president of Citizen Welfare Association (CWA), said, “The frequent transfers of deputy commissioners of police of Panchkula show seriousness of the Haryana Police and their concern for Panchkula city. Whether there is commissionerate sytem or not, we have never felt safe in Panchkula. The situation of daring robberies and dacoities remains the same.”
Subhash Papneja, general secretary of Sector-16 Resident Welfare Association (RWA), said, “The commissionerate system has given certain extra powers to the police, but the system could become successful only if the police remain professional and strength is substantial. There should be joint mechanism by the police of Panchkula, SAS Nagar and Chandigarh.”
July 13: About five armed people looted jewellery worth Rs. 50 lakh from a shop at Mansa Devi Complex and injured two people.
April 14: Three youths snatched a scooter from a security guard after hitting him with a stick. Unsolved
March 11: After injuring two auto showroom employees with gunshots, Rs. 1.28 lakh was looted in Industrial Area Phase-1. Unsolved
December 9, 2013: In the second highest dacoity in Panchkula district, four men with three of them dressed in Punjab Police uniform looted Rs. 1.68 crore from a cash van of Cash Management Services (CMS) company on the Pinjore-Siswan road. Unsolved
October 3, 2013: Three men looted Rs. 16.08 lakh from two employees of petrol pump at gunpoint inside Amravati city centre in Amravati Enclave, sector 2, Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex. Unsolved
July 11, 2013: A truck was looted with robbers taking away 86 inverter batteries. Unsolved
May 15, 2013 :Two youth held a housewife hostage at knifepoint in Sector 19 and took the jewellery which she was wearing. Unsolved
May 14, 2013: Four robbers struck on the night at a house of scrap dealer in Pinjore while posing as CBI personnel. They decamped with Rs. 1.90 lakh cash, a gold ring and artificial jewellery. Unsolved
April 6, 2013 A man held two children hostage in their Sector 26 house at knifepoint and fled with Rs. 14,000 in cash and jewellery. Unsolved.