‘People-police partnership is our aim’
Former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief KP Raghuvanshi took charge as the Thane police commissioner on Monday.mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2011 01:33 IST
Former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief KP Raghuvanshi took charge as the Thane police commissioner on Monday.
An Indian Police Services officer of the 1980 batch, Raghuvanshi succeeds SPS Yadav as the 20th police chief. Yadav had retired on January 31 and the joint commissioner of police was handling the additional charge till now.
Raghuvanshi was the additional director general (law and order) before being appointed as the Thane police commissioner. For an officer who has been out of sync with the city’s crime and the police, it comes as a difficult task to gauge the changing crime scene of a fast-developing city like Thane.
However, the top cop is confident of tackling crime, as he was the deputy commissioner of police in Thane from 1984-88, soon after the 1984 Bhiwandi riots.
“Since I was posted here before, I know the jurisdiction well enough. When I heard about my appointment, I walked down the memory lane. Thane’s culture is good and the people are also educated. They don’t take law in their hands. The only thing is that every area has its own problems. I am apprising myself of the new situation,” Raghuvanshi said.
The Thane police have a jurisdiction of both urban areas such as Thane city, Dombivli, Kalyan and rural pockets like Bhiwandi. For such a vast area with an increasing population, the Thane police often fall short of manpower.
Agreeing to this Raghuvanshi said: “Though the population is more, the strength is less. There are 33 police stations in all but we need police-people partnership. People have to become the extended arm of the police.”
Taking a cue from his predecessor’s efforts at making police station’s people-friendly, Raghuvanshi said: “When people come to the police station, they should feel they have come at the right place. A citizen facilitation centre will be set up and people will not be kept waiting. If this works out, I would consider it as a big success.”