Newly-appointed Director General of Police (DGP) Rishi Shukla on Wednesday flagged the twin challenges of positive policing and curbing road deaths in Indore.
Shukla also expressed concern on the growing drug menace and said every possible attempt will be made to contain it.
The police chief’s message assumes significance since more than 8,000 accidents were reported in Indore district in one year and about 400 people die in the city every year, the highest in the state.
“Every step should be taken to stop these deaths and micro-level planning should be done in this regard,” Shukla said.
Highlighting the Rajkumari Kataria murder case, the DGP asserted many of the heinous crimes were committed by individuals addicted to drugs. “We should start a drive against the drug peddlers to stop this sort of crime,” he said.
The DGP also held a meeting with senior police officers of the district and reviewed the working of Indore police.
Sources present in the meeting said Shukla praised the work of crime branch and Indore police. “Indore police has made positive attempts to contain crime, which reflects the dedication of senior police officers,” he was quoted as saying by a source.
On July 12, Shukla issued an internal departmental letter directing senior officers to ensure their personnel maintain public-friendly approach at ‘thanas’ (police station) and to develop trust between public and police.
In the letter, Shukla advised the police personnel to be positive in their behaviour and warned human rights violation would not be tolerated.
Discussion forum for police
To redress the grievances of lower-level officers and policemen in the state, Shukla has started a ‘discussion forum’. An email id (email@example.com) has been given to policemen for airing their grievances to the DGP. Proper action and help will be given to the any policeman seeking help, the DGP’s office said.