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Cops inept to protect the old

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 00:26 IST
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In-charge of police stations have been asked to assign each beat constable and sub-inspector to identify old persons staying alone in their areas.

INCIDENTS OF attack on senior citizens in the city have been on the rise while top cops too have been making tall claims about chalking out strategies to ensure security of the old people.

But, the police stations never comply with the directives issued from the DGP, UP and SSP Lucknow in this regard. Former SSP Rajiv Ranjan Verma was first to prepare a strategy, especially for the security of the senior citizens.

In-charge of the police stations were asked to assign each and every beat constable and sub-inspector (S-I) to identify old persons staying alone in their respective areas. The stress was to visit the old people at regular interval and inquire about their well-being.  SSP Verma had devised the plan to give a signal to the criminals’ gang that police visit the place frequently; hence, they would avoid entering the house. The in-charge of the police stations were asked to keep a close watch on the exercise and collect report from the policemen regularly.  Besides, the SSP’s idea was to help senior citizens otherwise too if they were facing any problem.

The former SSP had asked the COs and the ASPs to ensure that police stations were carrying out the exercise.

The circular was sent to all the police stations and the senior officials concerned. The practice was followed but only till Verma stayed here in capacity of the SSP. The successors of Verma too issued such directives but only when there was an attack on old persons. None of the SSPs ever ensured making police stations adhere to the practice.

Similar circulars about regular visits to senior citizens by the local police were issued from the DGP’s desk too. But, who cares!

Yet another exercise by the police, which remained confined to paperwork, was rigorous patrolling during morning hours. Majority of the SSPs here had laid stress on intensified presence of police while citizens were taking a morning stroll. The practice was made compulsory to avoid incidents like kidnapping, attempt on life as also petty crimes like eve-teasing and chain snatching.

Former SSP Ashutosh Pandey had even deputed a deputy SP rank officer as CO Morning walk. The CO was assigned the job to monitor the patrolling duty.

But, the cops never complied with the directives. It was established on Friday morning when Kala Chaudhary was killed in her house by the robbers soon after her husband left home for a morning walk.