Describing police constables posted in the city as ‘overworked and overstressed’, Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said they put in about 16 hours of work daily and many even spent hours commuting to duty.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of a civic leadership incubator programme organised by the Bangalore Political Action Committee on Friday. Listing out various responsibilities the police faced, Auradkar said it was responsible for law and order, traffic, security of VIPs and intelligence gathering. “Manpower is the biggest problem we are facing. We have 640 beats and are not able to deploy two constables per beat.” He requested the BBMP to provide land to the police to construct residential quarters for staff.
Beware of Strangers
The Commissioner appealed to Bangaloreans to be cautious while dealing with strangers. “Do not believe strangers who come to your door as plumbers, domestic servants, courier boys, marketing executives and others,” he said.