April 8, 2016 4:14:19 am
WITH crime rate soaring phenomenally in Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial city, the state government has decided consider its long-pending demand for a separate police commissionerate, Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil told the State Legislative Council on Tuesday.
The minister’s reply came after Shiv Sena’s Pune-based leader Neelam Gorhe raised the issue of a separate police commissionerate for Pimpri-Chinchwad, highlighting the rising crime rate and the need for additional police force.
“In a rapidly growing city like Pimpri-Chinchwad, the crime rate has also seen a jump in the last few years. The available police force is also not enough to tackle the rising crime in the industrial city. Therefore, there is a pressing need for a separate police commissionerate for Pimpri-Chinchwad,” Gorhe said.
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In reply, the minister said Pimpri-Chinchwad has nine police station but it does not fit into the criteria required for setting up of a police commissionerate. “But yes, the demand can be considered,” Patil said.
Gorhe said she had explained to the minister before raising the issue in the Assembly.
“The minister said he will examine whether Pimpri-Chinchwad fits into the criteria for setting up a police commissioner. He did not reject it but said ‘will think over it’,” Gorhe said.
Even Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Gorhe is aware of the demand for a separate police commissionerate. “The government is positive about it.”
Supporting her demand, Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap said the demand for a police commissionerate has been long pending.
“But the problem seem to be about the population norms. Pimpri-Chinchwad comes into Pune jurisdiction. If Pimpri-Chinchwad gets a police commissionerate, that means Pune will have two. Similarly, then Mumbai will need another and Thane too. If we consider population-wise then Mumbai and Thane should get another police commissionerate each. Their claims come first,” he said.
However, Jagtap said he, like Gorhe, was all in favour of a separate police commissionerate for Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Gorhe however said in Thane district, a precedent had been set after a separate police commissionerate was set up for Navi Mumbai.
“This is the only instance of its kind. But this precedent can be used for setting up a separate police commissionerate for Pune district,” she said.
Maruti Bhapkar of the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan said Pimpri-Chinchwad continues to be in the shadows of Pune city.
“Despite the rapid growth of Pimpri-Chinchwad and equally rising crime rate, the police infrastructure and manpower continue to be on the downside. The successive governments have paid little heed to this demand resulting in the criminal getting emboldened and striking at will,” he said.
NCP House leader in PCMC Mangala Kadam said the NCP was also in support of the demand for a separate police commissionerate for Pimpri-Chinchwad in view of the soaring population and constantly rising crime rate. “NCP will also push for its demand,” she said.
Bhapkar said a separate police commissionerate was a pressing need as even as criminals and gangsters from Mumbai are seeking shelters in places, like Kalewadi, Thergaon and Mohannagar.
“Pimpri-Chinchwad is known in the country as the rapidly growing city. Even teenagers are taking to crime in a big way. Murders, chain-snatching and gang wars have become common. Gangs after committing crime in places, like Mumbai, are taking shelters in Pimpri-Chinchwad as it less than three hours from Mumbai,” he said.
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