NewZNew (Chandigarh) : 2014 will be remembered as the year in which the Punjab Police delivered telling results in the war against drugs. It will also be remembered as a year in which the force continued to nab hardcore terrorists and ensure there was no terrorist related crime in the State. The State police also brought in transparency in delivery of services this year with the successful implementation of 181 Service and completion of Saanjh project.
The No-tolerance policy adopted by Home minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and the clear cut mandate given to the dynamic Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini ensured not only a record seizure of drugs but also nabbing of kingpins behind the drug trade and ensuring “zero availability” of drugs in the State.
Heroin seizures alone increased to 570 kg in 2014 against 100 kg seizure in 2011. Besides this, the number of arrests under the NDPS Act have also increased manifold. During the special drive against drugs launched by the Punjab Police on the directions of the Mr Sukhbir Badal since May 2014 as many as 10,213 FIRs were registered and 11,755 persons were arrested.
Complete smashing of the distribution network in the state has ensured nil availability of drugs to the consumers. Also de addiction of over three lakh consumers in government de addiction centers has healed the fractured social fabric in the State. A State Narcotics Control Bureau headed by IGP-rank officer has also been established to monitor the situation.
The year 2014 also ensured continued success on the terrorism front. The Punjab Police busted 10 terrorist modules in 2013 and 2014 and arrested 68 persons including hardcore terrorists like BTFK Chief Rattandeep Singh in September 2014, KLF Chief Harminder Singh @ Mintoo and top KLF operative Ramandeep @ Goldy in November 2014. No terrorism related incident has taken place in the State for the second year running.
The crime situation in the state also remained well under control. In major crime heads 707 murder cases were registered in year 2014 in comparison of 711 in year 2013. As many as 1287 cases regarding kidnapping and abduction have been registered in the year 2014 in comparison 1274 in 2013. Number of theft cases has come down to 3371 in year 2014 against the 3834 cases in 2013. The police have made large recovery of arms and ammunition including 226 pistols, 11 rifles, 38 revolvers, 11 guns and 15 kg RDX.
The unique endeavor of 181 Punjab Police Helpline initiated to make police department more accountable and responsible is successfully providing prompt relief to women, senior citizen and children. About 81 per cent women callers have reported their satisfaction with the working of the helpline after their issues were resolved amicably in a time bound manner. More than 1145 women have already availed of counseling services till now. Over 3409 senior citizens were provided relief through active intervention of the police, as well as through counseling by clinical physiologists based at the helpline 24×7. Since the launch of the helpline on August 22, 2013, satisfaction level of the citizens with the police response has shown a steady increase from 79 per cent in August 2014, 80 per cent in September,78 per cent in October, 76 per cent in November and finally 78 per cent in December till 25th December 2014.
The NRI Wing of Punjab Police has created a record by disposing off 85.61 per cent of complaints within stipulated time, despite number of complaints registered doubling during this period. Besides this, 75 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) have been arrested and Look out Circulars (LOCs) for 94 accused NRIs have been issued.
The NRI wing has received 7992 complaints, which were more than double of last year’s figure of 3852 complaints. After thorough investigation, 64 cases were registered and compromises were struck in 422 cases resulting in benefit to the tune of Rs. 100 crore to the aggrieved parties. While sorting out around 100 cases regarding fraudulent marriages, financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 11.50 crore was ensured for girls.
The Community Policing Project- SAANJH is providing 27 basic police services to the citizens through 93 Sub-Divisional SAANJH Kendras and 156 Police Station SAANJH Kendras buildings. As many as 37 lakh services were delivered till October 31 this year and as many as 24,886 disputes were resolved through the Kendras by involving the community.
The State has also registered fall in number of road accidents and loss of lives on the roads. During 2013 total 5,426 road accidents were reported in which 3,357 persons lost their lives. In year 2014 by 30th November, 4,926 road accidents reported in which 3,090 persons lost their lives. More than ten lakh challans for traffic violations have been issued in 2014 and fine of Rs. 32.4 crores has been collected. 9,639 special campaigns in the state for traffic education have been undertaken covering schools, colleges, truck/ taxi/ rickshaw stands
Giving details of things to look up for in 2015, Mr Sumedh Singh Saini disclosed that the Punjab Police has finalized a Rapid Rural Police Response System with an Objective of a City PCR-like response service in rural areas. As many as 230 four wheelers and 450 GPS fitted motorcycles are being acquired for this purpose. Besides this, the Punjab police has adopted a Computer-Aided-Dispatch (CAD) system for up-gradation of Dial 100 system. A 52-seater centralized State Emergency Response Center (SERC) is being set up at Mohali, along with 27 District Emergency Response Centers (DERC) for dispatch of calls and resources. The State police was also in the process of implementing Safe City project for two mega cities Ludhiana and Amritsar to provide complete security solutions.