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Gangs, vehicle vandalism major challenges for PCMC police chief

Cops launched an operation to curb crime, but minors, taking benefit of their age, walk free

pune Updated: Aug 02, 2018 17:06 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Most of the vehicle vandalism cases were fallout of rivalry between two gang or groups.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Vehicle vandalism, newly-emerging gangs and street crimes are going to be some of the major challenges before the first-to-be police commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial township, RK Padmanabhan. The commissionerate is likely to start functioning from August 15.

The common refrains running the newly-carved out commisssionerate are falling standards of law and order, especially emboldened criminals, youth taking to vandalism and lack of professional policing and near absence of police fear in the hearts of the offenders. Area hat have witnessed maximum number of crimes are Kharalwadi, Mohannagar, Rahatni, Thergaon, Nehrunagar, Vithalnagar and Wakad.

According to police officials, most suspects involved in the acts of vandalism are between the age group of 15 and 20 years and are driven by zest to establish supremacy. During the past four months, the industrial township has seen around 120 cases of vehicle vandalism.

Although the Pimri-Chinchwad police launched an operation ‘all out’ to curb the criminal elements, the vandals, taking benefit of their age, often come out on bail.

Padmanabhan, according to official sources, is likely to take charge this week. During his posting as the additional director-general of police (traffic), RK Padmanabhan regularly interacted with commuters on the Pune-Mumbai expressway and discussed innovative ways to improve traffic conditions and prevent accidents. He also took active feedback from the commuters to improve policing on the highway.

RK Padmanabhan aims to maintain law and order in the area. “I cannot comment without studying the issues faced by Pimpri-Chinchwad,” said Padmanabhan.

Arun Nair, social activist, said, “There have been cases where the officials were attacked while on duty. Some criminals in Pune are losing their fear and respect for law. We cannot have a great city if the criminals start assaulting police. If police can be so easily assaulted, what about common citizens? Such culprits who attack police should be paraded in the public and treated with appropriate punishment by police.”

“Criminals who attack police should be punished severely and the courts should be strict. They are taking advantage of a weak and inefficient judiciary system that rewards criminals by delaying the trials. Many a times the criminals act against the police, because of political patronage. We need a free and strong police system and as citizens we should come out in complete support of the police to make sure the act against the criminals,” he said.

Retired Suresh Khopade the commissioners work on data and statics and crimes are not registered. Community policing is the need of the hour and the model has been submitted to the police. However, all the suggestions related policing improvement by us has fallen on deaf ears. Improvements are not being made and innovative ideas need to be incorporated at the earliest,” he said.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 17:04 IST