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Police chief inherits massive worksheet

There is a lot on the plate of new Delhi Police commissioner Brijesh Kumar Gupta. From Thursday, the city's police chief would have the gargantuan task of revamping his force. The commissioner also has a host of unsolved cases ranging from petty street crimes to terror attacks to look into. Karan Choudhury and Jatin Anand report.

delhi Updated: Nov 10, 2010 23:26 IST

There is a lot on the plate of new Delhi Police commissioner Brijesh Kumar Gupta. From Thursday, the city's police chief would have the gargantuan task of revamping his force. The commissioner also has a host of unsolved cases ranging from petty street crimes to terror attacks to look into.

Street crime

One of the biggest problems that the city is facing is from motorcycle-borne criminals. In the last three years, different parts of the city such as east Delhi, Dwarka, north Delhi and west Delhi have seen a steady rise in number of snatchings and armed robberies cases. More than a thousand cases of snatchings have been registered every year in the last three years. Even drives like registration of motorcycles, in which more than 1.5 lakh bikes were registered, and barricading in different areas of the city have not helped in bringing the number of cases of down.

Motor vehicle thefts

In 2009, around 11, 892 vehicles were stolen. This year till date 9, 750 vehicles have already been stolen. Delhi holds the dubious distinction of having one of the highest numbers of vehicles stolen in any part of the country.

Former Delhi Police commissioner YS Dadwal went to the extent of holding Delhiites responsible for their vehicles. Till now nothing much has been done to curb the problem.

Few beat personnel

Areas such as Mayur Vihar, Dwarka, parts of outer Delhi have a lesser number police personnel deployed as compared to rest of the city. This has led to an increase in the number of cases of snatching, robberies and burglaries. The new police commissioner on his first day in office emphasised on a much better beat policing system for all parts of the city including these problem areas.

"The best personnel would be deployed for beat patrolling. They will be made accountable. They will have to regularly interact with locals. They cannot shy away from what is happening in their area," said Gupta.

Unsolved cases

The Delhi Police has a long list of unsolved cases that need to be worked out. The special cell of the Delhi Police has still not made any headway in the recent Jama Masjid blast case. Also a number of co-conspirators of the 2005 Delhi serial blasts are still at large. The special cell has a mammoth task of finding a lot many missing links in these cases and to solve them. However, with Gupta planning a major revamp in the unit, these cases might reach a conclusion soon.