Five big cities to get Hi-tech PCRs soon: Punjab DGP
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 18:28
Jalandhar: Claiming that the State Force is in the process of its modernisation, Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, Paramdeep Singh Gill on Saturday revealed that very soon hi-tech control rooms would be installed in five major cities of the state.

"Is has been decided to install hi-tech centralised control system in five major cities including Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda and Patiala through which any distanced distress call could be responded within few minutes", DGP told reporters adding that the upcoming control rooms would match the police communication system of any ultra modern cities like New York, of the world.

Regarding the modernisation of the state force, DGP said that there was ample fund provided by the centre for the up-gradation of the police and accordingly new equipments were being purchased and required training was being imparted to the personnel.

On the revival threat of terrorism in the state, DGP said that although Pakistan Intelligence agency ISI was making its all out efforts to revive terrorism in the state and ultra outfits like Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) was being provided with the ample funds through Western Union and Hawala operation in the state, but the state force was capable enough to thwart any evil designs of such forces.

Regarding revival of Commissioner system in some of the cities in Punjab, DGP evaded a direct reply and said "Only the state government was capable to answer the question but as far as I am concerned, I am in favour of such a system".

Pointed out on the growing demoralisation at the lower ranks of Punjab Police due to inordinate delay in promotion, DGP while admitting that there was some delay in promotion but said that now every hurdle and obstacle was eradicated to remove the stagnation in the force.

Asked his reaction on the Union Home Minister's statement that state force should be used as "football" by their political masters, DGP ruled out any political pressure in the state and said that police department was independent enough.

DGP also ruled out that there was any spurt in the crime graph and admitted that there was some social unrest in some of the districts, which was tackled and settled in an intelligent manner by the concerned district heads of the police.

On the prospects of change in the colour of uniform of state police, DGP said "I am very fond of Khaki as I love it".

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 18:28

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