The police commissioner of Navi Mumbai, Ahmad Javed, on Friday claimed that the force has done the best it could with the available personnel and infrastructure. However, he assured that more efforts will be made to improve the situation.
“Our efforts through increased police presence on the streets and regular bandobasts have ensured that fatal accidents have come down, as have motor vehicle thefts and housebreaking incidents,” he said.
On the rise in the serious crimes, Javed said, “Incidents of rape are more a social issue as most of the accused are either close relatives or friends of the victims. But we nabbed all the accused.”
“As for murders, there is an increase as there were some cases of mobs killing chain snatchers. There are also instances of unidentified bodies being found at various places,” the commissioner said.
Claiming that the police have improved their services in Navi Mumbai, Javed said, “The citizen facility centre that we started for non-emergency services of permissions and licences is working very well, with formalities being completed in time-bound period. A similar system has been initiated for our personnel, too.”
“There is improvement in the coastal security due to induction of new boats and additional personnel. The cyber crime cell has been upgraded, and the control room has been quipped with the latest technology to enable early reaction by the police. With the help of the civic body, close circuit cameras will also be fitted in Navi Mumbai soon,” Javed said.
He lamented that the police have inadequate strength. “The Navi Mumbai police commissionerate is one of the largest in the state in terms of geographical size. But for a population of 35 to 40 lakh, the police strength is just 4,817 men, which is certainly not adequate. This, despite the fact that we have been getting additional recruits at regular intervals.”