The police administration was all ears during a public-hearing programme on Thursday in the town.
Nirmal Singh Dhillon, inspector general of police (IGP) in the Bathinda zone, was there to redress the grievances of the visitors from Moga, Fazilka, Faridkot, and Ferozepur districts. Since many complaints were pending at different police stations, the crowd was enormous.
At the event, the high police officials received more than 800 complaints about the working of their force. They marked most complaints back to the officials concerned with instructions for quick action. Most complaints related to family, land and minor legal disputes, and some were against policemen.
Focus on checking drug smuggling
The police have decided to hold public meetings in different areas every three months. "The police have seized a huge amount of drugs at the state borders, so, I assigned a team to stay in touch with our counterparts from Rajasthan and Haryana to stop this smuggling. If policemen are involved, they'll also be punished." said IG Dhillon. "The police laid more than 100 traps at night in Moga, Fazilka, Faridkot and Ferozrepur districts and increased the day's patrolling hours to 24."
Fazilka sub-inspector charged with bigamy
Complainant Simarpal Kaur of Fazilka charged a sub-inspector posted at her town with bigamy. "I am the cop's second wife, and I also have a girl child from this relationship," she told the IG. "Now, he has abandoned us, and my nine years of complaining with the police has come to no avail." The IG ordered an inquiry into the matter.