Indian Police Service (IPS) officer RK Jaiswal, the new Ludhiana police commissioner, has said a drug-free Ludhiana was his first priority, and he would continue the drive initiated against the drug menace.
While talking to media after taking the charge of police commissioner on Friday, Jaiswal said the Ludhiana police would take help of other departments and non-government organisations (NGOs) for rehabilitation of drug addicts.
He also convened a meeting of all police officers and station house officers (SHO) to brief them about the action plan against drug peddlers.
IPS officer Nilambari Jagdale, who has taken the charge of deputy commissioner of police (DCP), also accompanied him.
This is not Jaiswal’s first stint in Ludhiana, where he was senior superintendent of police (SSP) in 2006 and 2007. He also served as SSP Ludhiana rural for a long time.
Jaiswal said he had spent many years of his service in Ludhiana as superintendent of police (SP) headquarters, SP city-1 and SSP, and therefore he was aware about topography of Ludhiana and the challenges.
“Besides taking action against drug peddlers, I will focus on curtailing street crime, including snatchings, loot and sexual harassment. I will also increase police movement in the city, but I need residents’ cooperation as well,” Jaiswal said.
“Traf fic is also a big challenge. Snarls and road accidents have been increasing. I will work on these and also start a special drive against drunken driving soon, as it is one of the major causes behind road mishaps,” he added.
Jaiswal emphasised on building a sense of security among the city residents, so that people could go anywhere anytime without any fear.
“Residents should feel safe. Law breaker will be pushed behind the bars no matter what position he or she holds,” he added.
Jaiswal is the ninth police commissioner to take over the reins of Ludhiana police commissionerate in the past over four years (see box). None of these tops cops stayed put for more than 16 months, despite the increasing crime in the city.