Ask beat constables to keep a strict vigil on Bad Characters: Police Chief to senior officers
New Delhi: In the recently-held crime review meeting, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik told senior officers to maintain a tight vigil on the movement of Bad Characters (BC) of their districts and also make sure that the beat constables stop them from committing crimes. Police sources claimed that in the meeting more than 10 points were discussed including disposal of pending cases and installation of CCTV cameras.
Police sources told the Millennium Post that in the meeting the top cop directed all his officers regarding the action which will be taken after the beat police personnel are not able to stop the BCs from committing crimes in their areas. Sources further claimed that in the city there are more than 9,000 Bad Characters including 1,915 robbers and 1,260 snatchers. "Regular monitoring is going on in all the districts to know whether the BCs are present or absent," sources added.
The police chief also discussed the disposal of pending cases, the crime against women including the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and curbing street crimes. Sources added that Amulya Patnaik also checked the report of soft-spoken classes attended by police personnel. The pattern of patrolling was another point of discussion between the police chief and DCPs. "The CP told the officers to take action against drinking in public places, drug traffickers, gambling," sources further claimed.
The police data claimed that in 2017, action was taken against 19,754 persons for drinking in open areas. "In 2018, police took action against 30,000 persons involved in drinking in public places," police said. The city police earlier started a drive called Reclaiming of Public Spaces which aimed at improvement of the built-up environment solely for public usage. The reason behind starting the drive was that families started avoiding public spaces due to the presence of anti-social elements fostered by illegal activities like gambling and drinking liquor.
According to sources, in two years more than 730 drug traffickers were nabbed. "In 2017, the action was taken against 4,504 gamblers whereas in 2018 the number increased to 5,027,"
the sources said.