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    Published On : Sat, May 14th, 2016

    “Instead of numbers I believe in public perception of crime law and order in city more important”, says Nagpur CP SP Yadav

    IMG_3821Nagpur: Straight and forward, yet quick and suave! This trait and persona are rarely found in an IPS officer, however, Nagpur Police Commissioner Sharda Prasad Yadav aka SP Yadav truly stands distinguished in reflecting this quality, both in his words and action. Among the many firsts that Nagpur police has to its credit, majority of them have been presented by him – introduction of whatsapp group in his department to deal with the crime situation more smartly, effective implementation of MCOCA, upgradation and revamping of various police stations, and not the least, bringing the alarming crime rate at remarkably low level. Not to forget the strict implementation of anti-drunk and drive campaign and helmet rule.

    In an exclusive interview with Nagpur Today on the eve of Kamptee police station being attached to Nagpur urban, CP Yadav viewed that both Hingna and Kamptee police station would now be connected to Nagpur city as the government has approved the proposal. Now a new zone would be accordingly created.

    Vision Nagpur on Mumbai model

    Quiz him about the status of this year’s crime rate in Nagpur as compared to the last year and pat comes reply, “I just don’t believe in numbers but always focus on striking the required balance in law and order situation and reducing the crime to dust.”

    CP’s vision is to draw with parallels to Mumbai in terms of women’s safety. “I wanted to make Mumbai like atmosphere in Nagpur where women can freely step out in night. Now that Nagpur is on the verge to becoming a metro city, it becomes highly necessary to make Nagpur a crime free city.”

    Making cops more mobile…

    Yadav has been the key in getting all the officials of crime branch into a Whatsapp group, in which few journalists have also been added. He viewed that this arrangement has facilitated the department with on the spot information in the event of any crime or any related incident. This also helps the journalists to get official information regarding update in any case. Moreover, the commissioner also got opened a Facebook and Twitter accounts of Nagpur police to bring more transparency in the functioning.

    On MCOCA …

    Sharing his views on Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), Yadav told that not a single criminal in Nagpur against whom MCOCA has been imposed, got bail. “This clearly means the judiciary has understood the gravity of the act which has also helped us great deal in taming the crime situation,” he added.

    Reducing road accidents…

    City police chief Yadav has been much concerned about the number of deaths due to road accidents. On an average 300-350 deaths due to traffic violations and high speed were reported annually. In order to tame the alarming trend,  Yadav chalked out a plan to increase crack down on drunk and drive along with strictly implementing the helmet rule. These efforts have significantly brought down the death rate in and around Nagpur.

    Mission Accomplished

    During his tenure till date, Police Commissioner CP Yadav got many approvals for the upliftment of the department. Included among those are residences for police employees, opening of new Mankapur police station, renovation of Koradi police station and also got opened Shanti Nagar police station. However his major accomplishment in this area remains Pratap Nagar police station which has now been shifted a new hi-tech building in Trimurti Nagar. Yadav has also initiated efforts to get the residential project approved in Lakadganj area. Not the one to take credit, he conveyed his gratitude towards Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who is also holding Home department.

    Grabbing crime by collar

    Under the able guidance of Director General of Police Praveen Dikshit, Yadav deviced a foolproof strategy to strike on unscrupulous gangs operating in Nagpur.

    Yadav called upon the meeting of DCPs, ACPs and all key police officials including Pis and took to heavy duty strike down against organized criminal activities in Nagpur.

    He also formed batteries of ‘police mitra’ to develop strong communication with the people. Through weekly meetings, Yadav got his men to redress bulk complaints which help the officials reducing the piling lists of complaints at various police stations. The CP informed that even in office the number complainants arriving daily has been reduced from 50-60 to merely 3-4.

    Aligning the rewards

    Every good job deserves the reward. Agreeing to this philosophy, CP duly announces timely rewards for better performance of his cops. However, lately there have been reports of the shortlisted policemen not getting their rewards on time. Yadav did not deny this shortcoming on the part of the department. He clarified that owing to the paucity of funds in the department there were instances of delays in handing out the reward amount to the concerned policemen. “But now we have ample funds in our hands and this would be sorted out soon. There were delays due to dilly dallying of the official staff too who remains otherwise too occupied. But now we are changing the system. Now anyone deserving the award can get his pick from their respective DCP offices.

    Transfer talks galore

    Amid the growing speculation of his transfer, when  Nagpur Today posed similar question before this top cop, he replied smilingly, “We are here to serve our government. Wherever they will send us, we are willing to take up the assignment. Till the time I am in Nagpur, I would try my best to uproot crime from every nook and corner of Nagpur. I specially convey my regards to the people of Nagpur for being the cooperative citizens. I would also like to thank all my DCPs, ACPs, Pis and entire police staff for throwing their efforts for the mission.”

    IMG_3822Coordination with people is must : DGP Praveen Dixit

    Expressing satisfaction over Yadav’s style of functioning in Nagpur, Maharashtra Director General of Police Praveen Dixit said that a proper coordination is with citizens is needed to control over the rising crime graph. There should be such an enviroment that citizens may be able to approach the police to register the crime without any hassles. He wished that the police mitra should always turn towards the people for cooperation because that could be the ultimate solution to win over the crime.

     Brief Bio

    SP Yadav is a 1986 batch IPS officer born in Gurgaon, Haryana. Hailing from a family of a farmer, Yadav turned out to be a self made man having successful stint on various police ranks in Gondia, Parbhani, Mumbai and then Nagpur. His claim to fame is his key role in Crack C-60 squad which was formed for anti-naxal operations. He was also credited for efficiently handling the riot situation in Parbhani in the aftermath of Babri Masjid demolition in the year1992. He was posted in Mumbai when serial blast rocked the financial capital of India in 1993. There also he was commended for his splendid work profile.

     Special Rewards

    1.Internal Security Medal..Aantarik Suraksha Medal

    2.President’s police Medal for Meritorious Service

    3.Kathin aani khadtar seva medal

    4.President’s police Medal for Distinguished Service

    5.Commendation Disc by DGP M.S.

    6.Commendation  disc by  DGP CISF

    7 .Reward by Govt of Punjab for duty in Punjab in 1987

     

    As told to Ravikant Kamble

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