‘It’s a crime cycle. We’ll put it to rest’
DP chief YS Dadwal, who completes a year in office today, talks to Hindustan Times about the rising crime rate and how he plans to tackle it, report R Bajpai and V Singh.delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2008 00:16 IST
Delhi police Commissioner Yudhbir Singh Dadwal completed a year in office on Friday.
While statistics show a decline in crime figures, the recent spurt in crime unleashed by gun-totting robbers, especially the Bunty gang, put the Delhi Police on their toes. "It's a crime cycle. We will put it to rest by arresting the miscreants. We have managed a workout ratio of over 85 per cent in the last one year," said Dadwal.
Speaking to Hindustan Times about the year gone by and the future challenges, Dadwal said: "I am going to bring in changes whatever may happen. I set out to bring in a positive change in the force. I have taken strict steps that may not be to some people's liking but which serve the ultimate goal."
As compared to last year, the traffic police have recorded a collective increase of 97 per cent in the number of commuters prosecuted for violations like signal jumping, minor driving, improper parking, dangerous driving and drunken driving.
"You cannot sit in office and manage traffic. You have to be out on the roads. I shelved the offices of all the traffic inspectors and saw to it that they are present on the roads," said Dadwal.
"For the first time, we have, in certain serious cases, started treating rash driving as a criminal offence and not merely a traffic violation. We have booked more than 1300 violators this way," said Dadwal.
"We are fitting over 700 patrol vehicles, cranes and other emergency vehicles with Global Positioning System, which would help in effective traffic management," says Dadwal.
One of Dadwal's main successes is to reign in the "killer" Bluelines, which have killed 58 people till mid-July this year, as compared to 82 in 2007. Dadwal stressed that concentrated efforts by the traffic police have contributed to this decline. "We deploy officers in plainclothes in buses who note down the offences committed and issue the requisite challans. About 3500 Bluelines have been challaned this way in July alone," said Dadwal.
Strict action if complainant ignored
"Anyone in distress can walk up to my office and meet me. I look into why the person was forced to come to me. Strict action has been taken against policemen who have ignored complainants," said Dadwal.
Welfare and revamping
"We have put in place a system where policemen get leaves on parity. Emphasis has been on having clean and hygienic barracks," he said.
"A beat constable should know the places vulnerable to brawls in his area.
He should know at his fingertips the problem areas," the commissioner said.