‘Crime graph is up because we are liberally filing FIRs’
Mohinder lal, Police Commissioner, Gurgaon, speaks to Sanjeev K Ahuja.india Updated: Sep 28, 2008 14:23 IST
With snatchers on the prowl, residents, especially women, feel insecure in around public places. What are the police doing?
That’s not true. We have been successful in busting some of the biker gangs and the incidents of chain snatching have come down in the recent past. For this, we have created a team of experts, who work only on such cases.
The swelling crime records prove that the crime rate has gone up in the city…
The increase in the crime graph has happened because we have been very liberal in filing first information reports (FIR). All police officials have been strictly instructed to take complaints seriously and register FIRs whenever residents approach them.
Why are instances of theft and carjacking increasing in Gurgaon?
Gurgaon is now faced with a huge floating population of migrant workers. While we have rid the city of the notorious Mewat-based gang of auto lifters, criminals from neighbouring cities and states have now become active in Gurgaon.
Do you have enough manpower and equipment to tackle crime?
Unfortunately, we have just 3,300 men, of whom 2,700 are field constables. It is a minuscule strength compared to Delhi, where the police-public ratio is 1:200 as against our 1:1000. At present, Gurgaon requires 9,000 personnel. We have been assured our manpower will be increased to 5,000 soon. Already, 1,000 posts have been sanctioned.
What is the major achievement of the Police Commissionerate system introduced in Gurgaon last year?
We are in the process of transforming the entire policing system in Gurgaon and it requires time. We have drafted a roadmap for future policing, and are going to introduce high-end technology, such as wi-fi-based surveillance, digital-trunking system and software-based interaction with residents.
What has been done to address bomb threats and cyber crime in Gurgaon?
We have recently set up a bomb-disposal squad as well as a dog squad dedicated for Gurgaon. However, we are yet to acquire robots, mine sweepers and X-ray machines. To tackle cyber crime, we have hired information technology experts in our Cyber Crime Cell.