Will not tolerate factionalism in police force: IGP Upadhyaya
Bogged down by factionalism within the force with juniors complaining against seniors, UT inspector general of police Rajender Pal Upadhyaya indicated zero tolerance towards factionalism, politics and corruption in the police force. He said this soon after taking over as UT IG on Wednesday.chandigarh Updated: Jan 31, 2013 11:46 IST
Bogged down by factionalism within the force with juniors complaining against seniors, UT inspector general of police Rajender Pal Upadhyaya indicated zero tolerance towards factionalism, politics and corruption in the police force.
He said this soon after taking over as UT IG on Wednesday.
In a possible reference to the ever widening gap between the local cops and the "outsiders" from Punjab and Haryana, Upadhyaya said, "Each officer becomes a part of the Chandigarh police as soon as he joins it."
"A disciplined force member has no time for politics, as his hands are full of tasks. Committed, united and disciplined force is must for positive results," he added.
The development is significant as politics and insubordination have marred the functioning of the Chandigarh police force in the past few months.
Only last year, a Chandigarh police inspector approached the Central Bureau of Investigation for putting behind bars IPS officer Desh Raj Singh. Meanwhile, the services of another two inspectors have been placed under suspension for insubordination.
The infighting basically is due to the presence of outsiders in a force which was earlier dominated by local cops.
As of now, the Chandigarh police have 13 deputy superintendents of police with seven of the UT cadre and three each from Punjab and Haryana. Five more DSPs from Delhi joined the Chandigarh police recently.
Meanwhile, the logo of the Chandigarh police "We care for you" is all set to acquire a greater force with the Chandigarh's new IGP making it clear that the satisfaction of the complaints is his top priority.
Upadhyaya, 47, is perhaps the youngest IGP who has made it clear that the actions of the Chandigarh police would speak louder than the logo.
"When you satisfy one person by redressing his grievances, you leave a sense of confidence in another 50 persons, including the complainant's family and friends," he asserted.
Upadhyaya also indicated that the crime in the city would be dealt sternly without being categorised as heinous and minor.
Rather "minor" crimes would be accorded priority as they culminate into major offences. "Crime is a crime. There is nothing as major or minor crime," said the IGP.
Almost all officers talk about launching welfare schemes after taking over as the police chief, but Upadhyaya made a difference by insisting on keeping the Chandigarh police healthy.
Laying stress on sports, the IGP said, "I have remained a sportsman and know that it can keep the cops healthy. You can't have a healthy police force without ensuring the proper health of its officials, so sports activities too would be accorded priority."
Summing up his priority, the IGP said his focus would be to strengthen basic policing with focus on community policing, use of modern techniques to combat crime and satisfying the residents by ensuring complete accessibility.
"My job is to ensure safe and secure environment to residents so that they come to me and say that we are proud of the Chandigarh police," he maintained.