The newly posted Dhar district police chief Virendra Kumar Singh on Wednesday told news persons that social policing and cyber security will be his priorities.
He, however, appeared oblivious of the fact that his biggest challenge is people’s security as thefts and dacoities have increased alarmingly in the district in the last one year.
Though Singh’s predecessor, Rajesh Hingankar succeeded in solving a number of cases, he failed to instil fear among robbers and dacoits.
Singh, who took over as district superintendent of police a couple of days back, said he will review every case of theft and loot in the district after which special police teams will be set up to prevent such incidents.
“It is more important to prevent such incidents than to trace the culprits,” he said.
The district’s most crime-prone tehsils include Sardarpur, Manavar, Kukshi, and Dharampuri. Residents of Sardarpur who witnessed a number dacoities in the last one year, have staged demonstrations demanding security while former legislator Pratap Grewal demanded that para-military forces be deployed in the district.
Earlier this year, a police team led by the district police chief, was attacked by miscreants Sardarpur neighbourhood. Last week, more than 30 armed dacoits unleashed terror in Sirsi village of Manavar, looting cash, jewellery and beat up villagers who tried to stop them.
Similarly, two cases of theft and robbery at Himmatgarh village Bhopawar Marg in the last one month remain unsolved until now. Thieves decamped with gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 2 crore from two jewellery shops in Manavar.
Police have not been able identify or arrest people who looted gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh .