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34% vacancies, police grapple with staff crunch

Shortage of staff has become a big concern for the police department, which is struggling to keep a tab on the increasing crime graph in the city. Sunil Thapliyal reports.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2012 00:46 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Shortage of staff has become a big concern for the police department, which is struggling to keep a tab on the increasing crime graph in the city.

At present, the department has 3,405 police personnel, nearly 34% less than the number of staff sanctioned for a city of 20 lakh.

Crime-related incidents like gang wars, robbery, snatchings, brawls, road rage cases etc have become the order of the day.

The shocking murder of a toll attendant for Rs 27 last year also shook the city. Going by the present state of affairs, it seems the police are finding it difficult to manage the law and order situation. “Crime has become high-tech. Criminals possess more sophisticated weapons than the police, who are only equipped with lathis. There is also dearth of manpower. Another problem is that many migrants have settled down here and a majority of them are criminals. The lavish lifestyle of youngsters is another reason for anti-social activities,” said Ankur Sharma, a local resident.

On August 2, 2011, six boys attacked a policeman near SRS Mall.

The cop was on duty at the time of the incident.

Earlier, on April 14, two policemen and their associates were assaulted by a group of unidentified men outside a liquor vend in DLF City when they objected to their drinking at a public place.

“The Haryana government is planning to strengthen the Gurgaon Police, but the plan is taking a long time to formalise,” said another resident.

Giving his take on the issue, a senior police official, said, “In 2012, over 200 police personnel will be added to Gurgaon Police. This will help improve the law and order situation in the city.