The Jalandhar rural police have been running two of its police stations 'illegally' apparently encroaching on buildings of the health department.
As per the information provided by the Jalandhar rural police under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, the police have not taken any valid permission to run its affairs from the two buildings from where the police stations are being operated.
The sources said that the buildings from where the police stations of Lohian and Maqsudan are being run belong to the health department. In the past, health dispensaries were running on both these places.
The Hindustan Times had sought the information through RTI Act, 2005 about those police stations or posts which are running on the lands or places of other departments from the time of formation of separate police units.
As per the information given by the police department under the RTI Act, there are 16 police stations and six police posts running at different places in the district.
It reveals that two police stations and two police posts have been functioning in the buildings or land of other government departments.
Interestingly, the two police posts of the district, which have been running in Kishangarh under jurisdiction of Bhogpur police station and Alawalpur under Adampur police stations, are paying rent for the buildings.
However, the Jalandhar rural police has not taken any permission to run the police stations of Lohian and Maqsudan from the present locations, as per the RTI reply.
The reply shows that the police department has been running the above-mentioned police stations or police posts on the places or lands which belong to various departments.
Though the Kishangarh and Alawalpur police posts have also been running on the land belonging to other departments, police have been paying rent to the departments concerned.
The Jalandhar rural police came into existence on February 15, 2010 after the district was divided in two parts -- Jalandhar city area which falls in Jalandhar Police commissionerate and Jalandhar rural which falls under SSP Jalandhar rural.
The sources in the police department said that even after the lapse of four years, the rural police still have not been able to find their own land for developing their police stations or posts in the district. As a result, these two stations and posts have been using the land of others.
When contacted, superintendent of police (H) Mukhwinder Singh said that he would give his response on the matter on Monday after checking the records.