No Police Head for Sensitive Old City - The New Indian Express

No Police Head for Sensitive Old City

Published: 13th January 2014 09:11 AM

Last Updated: 13th January 2014 09:11 AM

The city’s south zone comprising the old city continues to be without a police chief ever since deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Tarun Joshi was transferred as superintendent of police, Nizamabad, on October 26 last year.

The reason is an ongoing row between the state government and Kurnool SP K Raghuram Reddy, who challenged his transfer as south zone DCP, in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and obtained a stay order. Reddy had argued that he had just completed four months in his posting when he was transferred and that it was against the Supreme Court order giving a two-year tenure to a police officer in one post.

This deadlock has affected policing in the old city, according to MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who pointed out that there was no DCP when some major Hindu and Muslim festivals were held in the sensitive area.

“The government should have immediately appointed someone else. With elections around the corner, it becomes all the more important to give some time to an IPS officer to get acquainted with the zone,” said Owaisi.

The MIM president also noted that the old city requires special attention, and understanding of Urdu is very important. “Come March, election code of conduct will be put in place. The delay in appointing a DCP shows that the state government is not interested,” he said, adding that the issue was brought to the notice of DGP B Prasada Rao when he had taken charge.

A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, admitted that policing has been affected and a regular DCP was very much required. “Considering the sensitive nature of the zone, we do require one urgently. It is very difficult and additional charge is no solution,” he said.

Asked why no officer has been posted so far, he said, “An officer is fighting the government’s decision. If another person is appointed, the case will become stronger for the one challenging the decision. The government will become weaker before the challenger.”

Joint commissioner of police (coordination) Sanjay Kumar Jain was given additional charge as DCP (south). Within a span of 10 days, he was relieved of this additional charge considering the inconvenience in shuttling between his offices in Basheerbagh and Purani Haveli. At present, M Shiva Prasad, joint commissioner of police (City Armed Reservce) holds the additional charge.

Meanwhile, city police took out a flag march in the old city on Sunday as a part of area domination exercise in view of Sankranti and Milad-Un-Nabi festivals.

Around 2,500 personnel from the Border Security Force, Rapid Action Force and Central Reserve Police Force, among others, took part.

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