Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Thursday categorically refused to accept quantum jump in number of crimes in Second Capital City of Nagpur and maintained that the present crime rate stands at the same position that was 10 years ago. “No, no. There is no upward trend in the crime graph. In fact, the crime graph is the same that was 10 years ago,” Patil replied he was bombarded with questions on the matter by media. Patil was talking to media on the sidelines of a function he attended to inaugurate Palnaghar (Creche Baby Care Centre) in Nagpur. The Palnaghar is located in Police Headquarters premises.
Replying to a question on increase in crime against womenfolk, the Home Minister said the phenomenon is not limited only to Maharashtra. Crime against womenfolk has been occurring across the country and if compared to the country, Maharashtra has recorded lesser incidents of crime against women. “All the police stations in State have been directed to accord priority to complaints of women and pursue the complaints rigorously,” Patil said.
Talking on much awaited transfers of IPS officers, Patil said the proposal on the IPS transfers is ready and has been sent to Chief Minister for approval. The transfers will soon come into effect, he said and candidly accepted that elections, Assembly session and violence over objectionable posts uploaded on Facebook (Pune techie murder) have delayed the transfers.
Asked about the frequent attacks on police perpetrated by sand mafia, Patil said that the police department has no direct powers to act against sand mafia and sand ghats. Therefore, the Revenue Department should seek help from police for initiating tough action against the sand mafia. The Department will be provided adequate police force and taluka as well as district level. Even if the name of any politician comes to the fore in sand mafia, no mercy will be shown and action will be taken against the politician irrespective of political party he belongs to, asserted Patil.
“Crime has effectively been controlled in Maharashtra if the higher rate of convictions is any indication,” Patil said. But the Director General Sanjiv Dayal who was in Nagpur had expressed concern over increase in crime rate. Replying to a question on upward trend in criminal activities in Nagpur Central Jail like prisoners doling out threats on mobile phones for extortion of money, Patil said that serious note will be taken of such activities from jail. Enquiry will also be conducted against the officials and employees and stringent action will be taken if they are found guilty, the Home Minister said. On the question of poor security at the jail in the context of a don celebrating his birthday in the jail and attended by a MLA, Patil said note will be taken of that MLA’s visit to jail. Similarly, the concerned jail official will be transferred and the prisoner will be shifted from Nagpur Jail to another jail.
Talking on the recovery of a skeleton in Sonegaon area, Patil said the matter is being investigated. A DCP level probe is being conducted into direct disposal of the skeleton without following the due procedure. Any police official found guilty in the probe will be punished, said Patil.
R R Patil inaugurates Creche at police headquarters:
“These days police force has become a major profession for rendering service to the society. Women are also joining police force in great numbers. At present 44 woman officers and 955 woman staff in lower rung are in Nagpur police. All these women are doing their duty shoulder to shoulder with their men counterparts. But this call of duty cannot become an excuse for ignoring the domestic chores, which are equally important for them. Giving thought to this predicament faced by woman staff members of the force, Police Commissioner, as a part of welfare measures, decided to extend crèche facility. He consulted his department colleagues and the facility, with all modern trappings was created at Police Headquarters, said Home Minister R R Patil while inaugurating the Creche (Palnaghar) on Thursday (July 3).
The facility is meant for the children of woman police personnel in the age group of 2 to 5. The crèche has a garden, beautiful slides, toys, first aid tools and all other items required. Women staff members are appointed at the crèche.
This unique facility was inaugurated at 5-30 pm at the hands of Patil. Former Minister Ramesh Bang, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Joint Police Commissioner Sanjay Saxena, Additional Commissioner Deepak Pandey and Deputy Commissioners and other big wigs from police department were prominently present on the occasion.