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Eliminate drugs and gangster culture from state, DGP Punjab directs field officers

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | June 13, 2024 06:41 PM

CHANDIGARH: In order to make Punjab free from Drugs and organised crime as per the vision of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav on Thursday chaired a state-level review meeting of all senior officers upto the rank of Station House Officers (SHOs) via video conference and gave them free hand to take stern action against all lawbreakers to maintain Law and Order in the State.

"Do professional policing and feel empowered to take right decisions to maintain law and order in the state. We will always support your action, ” the DGP reiterated.

Addressing all eight Range ADGPs/IGs/DIGs, 28 CPs/SSPs, 117 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs), and 454 SHOs in Punjab, the DGP reviewed the ground-level action against organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism. Special DGP Special Task Force (STF) Kuldeep Singh, Special DGP Law and Order Arpit Shukla, ADGP Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) Promod Ban, ADGP Intelligence RK Jaiswal and ADGP Counter Intelligence Amit Prasad were among the other senior level officers, who attended the meeting.

Although Punjab Police has made record seizure of 1450Kg heroin in 2023, DGP Gaurav Yadav stressed on the need to control the drug supply at point of sale by further intensifying the vigil around drug peddlers/smugglers. He also asked the officers to identify big smugglers and take strict action against them to break the supply chain.

He asked the officers to utilise the services of domain experts to uncover the trail of drug money and make maximum use of section 68F of the NDPS to freeze illegally acquired property by the drug suppliers. Recently, Punjab Police has recruited domain experts in field of financial experts.

The DGP also asked all the SHOs to make connect with the public and be accessible to them to ensure citizen-friendly policing, while ensuring that any anti-social element should not be spared at any cost.

Pertinently, the DGP has already directed all the senior Police officers from the rank of ADGPs upto SHOs to remain present in their offices from 11am to 1pm on all working days to resolve public grievances.

DGP Gaurav Yadav has also ordered all the CPs/SSPs to work in coordination with special units to eliminate gangster culture and drugs from the state. He also directed District Police Chiefs to hold monthly crime review meetings at district level and hold orderly rooms to listen to the grievances of the Police Personnel.

Addressing the field officers, Special DGP STF Kuldeep Singh asked them to tighten the noose around drug smugglers to disrupt the supply chain of drugs. He said that a dedicated Helpline is being setup which will enable general public to confidentially share information regarding drugs.

Special DGP Law and Order Arpit Shukla stressed on the need to carry out night dominance operations and keep vigil around repeated offenders, especially those who have three FIRs registered against them.

ADGP AGTF Promod Ban asked the field unit officers to keep track of bailed out gangsters and criminals.

ADGP Intelligence RK Jaiswal asked the CPs/SSPs to work in coordination with local CID officers, which will work as a force multiplier in the districts.

ADGP Counter Intelligence Amit Prasad stressed on the need to activate the good old human intelligence and asked officers to spend time in villages to gather information regarding criminal elements.

Meanwhile, field officers were also asked to follow time and tested police principles and revive the beat system.

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