Delhi police commissioner, BK Gupta, feels that increasing the visibility of police personnel on roads is what has helped curb the crime rate in the Capital. Gupta, who completed a year in office on Thursday, spoke to HT on the challenges he faced and the journey ahead.
Tell us about your major achievements till now.
Soon after I joined, Delhi was rocked by the Dhaula Kuan gang rape, but we made sure that the accused were arrested. The detection rate of heinous crimes has gone up from 85.21% in 2010 to 88.57% this year. But, we don’t believe in figures, and our motive is to make the common man feel safe. Besides curbing crime, we have also made sure that the public feels free in approaching an officer.
What initiatives have you taken in the past one year?
If a criminal remains behind bars, he cannot commit a crime. We have followed this simple theory and have taken several steps to make sure that criminals stay inside the jail. Recently, we made it mandatory for the investigating officer to have all evidence to prove the crime in court. We have also asked all district heads to arrest Proclaimed Offenders (POs). Nearly 4,000 POs have been arrested this year and over all 28,280 criminals have been put behind bars.
Was Anna Hazare’s movement a big challenge for the police?
For us, the challenge was to control the crime rate. Hazare’s movement was a big success for the Delhi Police. We didn’t give our staff lathis, so that no one could say that we used force.
What are you doing to increase visibility of police on roads?
The common man feels safe when he sees police personnel around. Five bikes from every police station now patrol the roads at night. Apart from that, we recently launched Emergency Response Vehicles, which will have commandos and be able to tackle any kind of crime.
Women safety is a major issue in Delhi? What steps have you taken towards this end?
We analysed rape cases and found that 98% of the accused are known to the victim. It is difficult to prevent such crimes. We have currently deputed one personnel each at 300 bus stops to keep a check on pick pocketing and eve teasing.
What do you have to say on the Delhi high court blast?
We are doing our best to prevent terror attacks, which is why the crime branch and special cell have been reactivated.