Being centrally located in Punjab along with a dense population makes Ludhiana an ideal hideout for gangsters and militants, said additional director general of police, law and order, Rohit Chaudhary, who was in the city on Friday.
He asked the police commissioner to be alert at all times and not just on special days such as Independence Day and Republic Day.
“Criminal elements will not tell you when they will strike. Police have to be alert at all times to prevent crime,” said Chaudhary.
He added that he was visiting all the districts of Punjab to take stock of the law and order situation and was meeting with officers. He further said the department has started “punishment and reward” system for police personnel to make them more efficient.
The department has asked all the police chiefs to submit a monthly report of their districts comprising achievements, sensational crimes, unsolved cases and discipline among officers. The ‘Monday Parade’ has been started to observe discipline.
“I have asked all the district police chiefs to reopen unsolved cases from five years and to investigate them thoroughly. Besides, police is starting public meetings and seniors will monitor these,” added the ADGP.
Police to lodge FIR for blocking roads
Police commissioner RN Dhoke said he discussed the matter of people and different organisations blocking roads during protests. This was a major problem for city residents. He added that GLADA ground on Chandigarh Road was designated by the administration as a protest site. If anyone blocked any other road in protest, police will register an FIR against them.
He also added that police were concerned about the traffic situation in the city, which had gone from bad to worse. From now on, police will not spare anyone found violating traffic rules. He said he was strengthening the traffic wing of the police commissionerate.