If snatching and looting incidents recur in a certain area, the station house officer (SHO) concerned would have to face the music. In a message to lax police officials, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Friday that SHOs who fail to check crime in their area would be replaced immediately.
During a meeting with the civil and police officers in Ramgarh Sikri in Talwara, Sukhbir asked the Jalandhar range DIG to ensure that all offenders were behind bars. "I want every habitual offender in jail. There should be complete law and order in your area," he told the police officers.
Directing the police administration to take stern action against drug peddlers, he said it was unfortunate that the Punjab border was being used for international smuggling of contrabands. He claimed that about 70% of the seizures were being made by Punjab. He claimed that the Central government had failed to check cross border smuggling.
Sukhbir also claimed that the Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS), an intensive rural patrolling system envisioned by the state government, would become operational by the end of this month for which the government had released a sum of Rs 52 crore. He hoped that RRPRS would improve the law and order situation, especially in rural areas to a large extent.
He also passed strict instructions to the district administration to check illegal mining. "Make sure that Punjab and Haryana High Court's ban order is implemented in letter and spirit," he said. He expressed concern for the hardships being faced by the common man due to the shortage of sand and gravel but added that the state government could not provide any relief as the environment clearance was given by the union ministry.
Sukhbir directed the deputy commissioner and SDMs present in the meeting to ensure that all farmers received their paddy payment within 48 hours.
Sukhbir landed in Ramgarh Sikri in a chopper. He was received by deputy commissioner Deepinder Singh and other senior officers of the district. After holding a meeting with them for a few minutes, he left for Himachal Pradesh to address election rallies.