'I want a Delhi where women don't live in fear'
His objective is clear — a people-friendly Delhi Police force. Tihar prisons chief Brijesh Kumar Gupta, who takes over as Delhi's police commissioner on Wednesday, said he wants a kind of force that an average Delhiite doesn't fear to approach. Karan Choudhury and Jatin Anand report.delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2010 23:25 IST
His objective is clear — a people-friendly Delhi Police force. Tihar prisons chief Brijesh Kumar Gupta, who takes over as Delhi's police commissioner on Wednesday, said he wants a kind of force that an average Delhiite doesn't fear to approach.
"The first thing I expect from my men is to be polite. I want to see Delhi as a city where women do not live in fear," Gupta told HT in an interview a day before he took charge of one of the biggest police forces in the country.
Praising the management skills of outgoing Delhi Police chief YS Dadwal, Gupta said that Commonwealth Games is a feather in Dadwal's beret and the "biggest achievement of the force" in the recent times. Excerpts from the interview:
Delhi Police is not accessible to the common man. How are you going to change this image?
Policing should be 'people friendly'. A policeman should treat people in a humane manner. The force has to become more sensitive to the issues people face. An average Delhiite goes to the police with a lot of expectations, we cannot let them down. A woman should not think twice before going to a police station to lodge a complaint.
Is it enough to make Delhi a safer city?
Things would change gradually. But my concern right now is to make the force approachable. We have to start working like a corporate set up. The government has given us powers and funds to serve the people.
What do you plan to do with the non-performing officers?
We are here to provide people a service and anyone who lags in that front would be punished. An SHO, for example, is in charge of a whole area. If he does not perform his duties properly then the whole area suffers.
Delhi Police still has miles to go as far as technology in policing is concerned. Any plans?
Delhi police would be a technology driven force that would use it in every part of their working. All the past projects related to enhancing the technical capabilities will take off in times to come.
How would you deal with any case of police officers and organised crime nexus?
One of my main aims is to stop the complicity of Delhi Police personnel in organised crime. Police connivance in any sort of organised racket or crime has to immediately stop and I will take extreme measures if required to do the same.
(BK Gupta is a 1975 batch IPS officer who was director general (prisons), Tihar Jail, Delhi, since July 2006)
First Published: Nov 09, 2010 23:23 IST