BENGALURU: : Continuing with his surprise visits, Home Minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday visited Whitefield police station in his private vehicle and spent nearly two hours taking information from senior police officers.
Around 8.45 am, police personnel at the station were stunned to see the Home Minister, who came in like a common man. Within minutes, the information was passed on to top officials. Additional Commissioner of Police (East) P Harisekaran and DCP (Southeast) Rohini Katoch Sepat rushed to the police station.
The minister, who sought information about pending cases and those under investigation, came to know that technology was vastly used in many of the crimes. He opined that there was a necessity for world-class police stations with better technological facilities to crack crimes.
A police official said, “He also stressed the importance of community policing and asked police officers to conduct more Janasamparka programmes. He also told us to approach apartments and conduct community meetings with the residents.”
“We gave information about policing and the challenges we are facing. He promised to address a few issues such as shortage of manpower, delays in process of passport verifications and others,” the police official said.
Speaking to the media, Rohini Katoch Sepat said, “We also brought to his notice the issue of a new police station building coming up in the jurisdiction as the current one is an old rented building, which is difficult to manage. He has assured the department of all possible support.”
Early Morning Surprise
On December 1, Parameshwara paid a surprise visit to Madiwala police station in his car early in the morning and sought information about the station. He reprimanded police personnel who were in mufti and directed them to be in uniform. He questioned the area DCP Rohini Katoch Sepat as to why the constables on duty were in mufti and not in proper uniform.
High Court had Rapped govt
The High Court had, on December 10, rapped the state government and asked the Home Minister and other officials concerned to consider setting up an expert committee to work out scientific allocation of work for each police station. Justice A V Chandrashekar, in his order on a bail petition of an accused booked by Madiwala police, had suggested that a training centre be set up at Bengaluru and new police stations be opened at the earliest. Taking note of the plethora of problems police stations across the city are facing, Justice Chandrashekar suggested various measures to reform the police force.