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Safety guidelines for beat constables

Days after the murder of a beat constable in Dwarka, the southwest district police have issued fresh safety guidelines to constables on patrolling duty at night.

delhi Updated: May 16, 2011 23:29 IST
Faizan Haider

Days after the murder of a beat constable in Dwarka, the southwest district police have issued fresh safety guidelines to constables on patrolling duty at night.

The beat constables have been asked not to patrol alone during night hours and one of the personnel should always have his hands on the gun.

“Sometime there is no time to react as it happened in the case of head constable Kailash Chander. He didn’t get any time to react. Chander was also patrolling alone which is not the ideal scenario at night. We have asked them to first challenge the anti-social element, if they see any. Also, the pillion rider should have his hands on gun if they see a criminal so that in case of attack they can react,” said a senior police officer.

The beat constables in southwest district have been asked to carry a list of stolen vehicles and names of known criminals from the area. Senior officers are conducting random checks to ensure that constables are following the guidelines.

“The guidelines were always there but after the incident we have reminded the constables to follow them strictly. Senior officers are conducting random checks at night to ensure that the guidelines are being adhered to,” AK Ojha, DCP (southwest) said.

“He should be able to identify the criminals of his area. If walking, there should be three personnel. If on bike, there should be two constables on night patrolling,” Ojha added.

Murder of the beat constable in Dwarka on May 5 sent shock waves across the sub-city since residents started fearing for safety. “A beat constable is the face of that area and if criminals are not scared of him, the common man’s safety cannot be ensured. So to protect the common man, a beat constable should first know how to protect himself,” said a senior police officer.

According to police, the arrest of his killers within 48 hours helped restore the faith of common man in police. “Chander was caught unawares. To avoid such incidents in future, we have a meeting with beat constables on Wednesday,” he added.

Chander was brutally stabbed to death by a gang of four after he tried to apprehend one of them who is believed to be evading arrest in a criminal case. These men were drinking at a public park located in Dwarka sector one.

In incidents ranging from deliberate acts of aggression on city streets to abduction bids in which police officers were victimised, at least four officers were killed, as many as 20 injured, five police vehicles torched and 50 cases of rioting registered in 2010.