April 22, 2015 2:45:29 am
New Police Commissioner K K Pathak has made his presence felt in the city with a bang through surprise inspections at nakabandis (police barricades) that sprang up across the city on Monday night and early on Tuesday, after a series of chain-snatching incidents.
The check posts also increased visible police presence in the city, one of the promises that Pathak had made while taking charge as the Pune Police Commissioner last week.
Ten cases of chain-snatching were reported in the city on Sunday and Monday. The incidences were reported from areas like Pimpri, Wakad, Dattawadi, Khadki, Market Yard, Nigdi, Dattawadi, Vishrantwadi, Sahakarnagar and Warje.
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After taking charge last week, Pathak had said that visible police presence in the city will be given stress.
On Monday night, check posts were set up at various spots in the city and random checking of vehicles was done. Pathak visited some of these spots and reviewed the arrangements.
The barricades and surprise inspection of vehicles were in response to a spurt in chain-snatching incidents in the last two days.
A senior officer said, “One of the important reasons behind the step was a sudden spurt in chain-snatching cases. These nakabandis will continue and check points will be set up at random spots.”
Pathak’s action of leading from the front drew praise from many Puneites.
“Previous police commissioners hardly took any such initiative. It is important that police commissioners behave like foot soldiers so that they inspire their team,” said Pandurang Garsund, a civic activist.
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