‘Cops at chowks, not chowkies’ is Pimpri-Chinchwad police chief’s mantra
The first commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad has also had his run-ins with Govind Pansare, a rationalist and social activist, who was shot dead outside his residence in Kolhapur in February 2015.Updated: Aug 17, 2018 17:06 IST
The new police commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad region has immediate plans to reverse the local policing system of residents being forced to come to police, by posting policemen at all possible nooks and corners of the city. At its nascent stage, RK Padmanabhan, the police commissioner, has plans to reduce traffic woes, initiate preventive action against criminal elements, and take strict action against policemen who are hand in gloves with local criminals.
Having served as the superintendent of Kolhapur police in the past, Padmanabhan plans to replicate some of his earlier successful policing policies. "I have been out of executive service for 10 years, but have not lost touch with it," he said, while reminiscing his tenure when lynch mobs were an active part of Kolhapur's social fabric.
The first commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad has also had his run-ins with Govind Pansare, a rationalist and social activist, who was shot dead outside his residence in Kolhapur in February 2015.
Having served in parts of the red corridor during his service, Padmanabhan's last posting was in the office of assistant director general of police for traffic. The two problems he has immediate plans to rectify are double parking and wrong-side driving.
While the shuffle of officers in the commissionerate is still on, Datta Padsalgikar, director general of police of Maharashtra, visited Padmanabhan, a 1991-batch indian police service (IPS) officer.
"We discussed budget and staff (clerical and other), but are yet to get a treasury number, and other such things," said Padmanabhan, while speaking to media representatives.
He voiced his decision to replicate the idea of invisible policing in an effort to multiply the force. "I'm not the kind of person who cribs about the shortage of staff and supplies. Whatever is available, is enough," he said, while adding that his officers will be at chowks of the area in groups of not less than four.
“The police should be at the chowks, not chowkies. That will help them provide assistance quicker," he said. He claims to make police available at a moment's notice, to whoever seeking help. He also emphasised on the approachability of policemen, starting from constables to officers.
The police, he said, will come to the residents and the latter will no longer be forced to go to police stations to get things done.
First Published: Aug 17, 2018 16:56 IST