Maharashtra on Tuesday became the first state in the country to announce setting up of dedicated investigation wings in each of its police stations. The wings will look into cases of serious crimes, such as murder, dacoity, among others, lodged at the respective police stations.
An order notifying the formation of these wings, signed by Sanjeev Dayal, the Maharashtra director general of police, said, “Under no circumstances will officers or constabulary assigned to the investigation wing be committed to any other category of investigation or be withdrawn for the discharge of law and order duties.”
The order, which will come into effect from July 1, further states that all other offences registered at police stations shall continue to be allocated as per the procedure till now.
The objective of setting up the wings is to improve quality of investigation of serious crimes and to ensure the timely disposal of such cases.
“We have done this following the direction of the Supreme Court,” said Dayal.
When asked if the new dedicated wings would mean police department facing a manpower crunch, Dayal said, “We have to gain experience. We will review as we go along and deal with issues accordingly.”