Stay away from bad elements;focus on study, sports: IGP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 21:28 IST

RP Upadhyaya, inspector general of police (IGP), UT, during his visit to St John High School, Sector 26, on Thursday, asked students to keep a distance from bad elements of the society.

In his around two-hour interaction with students, he also highlighted the major issue of students falling into the trap of goons.

However, the officer did not speak much about the recent incident in which students of an elite school had come under scanner for hiring goons, shelling out money and even providing liquor to them, in exchange of protection.

He also shed light on a series of issues including policing, law and order and social media rage among teenagers.

Students also showed equal enthusiasm and asked various questions from the IGP about the police functioning and new initiatives being taken for the safety of residents.

Considering the sensitivity of a recent incident where an extortion racket operating in a school had come to the fore. The IGP was asked to give suggestions to deal with such kind of a situation.

He said, "Students should not trust anyone without the consent of their parents. They need to avoid coming in contact of undesirable elements of the society, and should not accept any kind of offer from anyone. Use your energy in positive things like sports and study."

On initiatives being taken to deal with corruption in police, the IGP said, "Corruption at any level is not acceptable. The police department has always been harsh towards corrupt officials, and many erring police officials have been punished in the recent past."

On asking, being the police chief, how he deals with the political pressure, he said, "I always do what is legal. So I never get into a situation where I had to compromise on my duty."

Talking about the recent cases of cybercrimes in the city, he said, "Cybergangs operating from anonymous places can call on your number and seek details like account number and debit or credit card password of your bank account, claiming that they are calling from your bank. Every day, many people fall into such traps. Don't give any details on mobile phones."

He also added, "Don't ever share your photographs or videos on the social media, as they could be easily misused. The city police's cyber cell wing has successfully been able to crack many cybercrime related cases."

Police, in order to educate students, is organising various programmes to sensitise students regarding cybercrimes and other forms of crimes happening in the city, he said.


A Class-9 student Vansh claimed he had filed an RTI to know the status of one of the major accidents happened outside the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), in 2014 in which, three people had lost their lives. He also questioned the status of the case from the IGP.

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