By Abhijit Prashar-
CHANDIGARH: Worried over the increased incidents of violence in the state during night hours, Punjab government plans to launch a ‘Night Police’ in the state shortly.
Announcing this on Wednesday, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Punjab police would soon be creating special police units who would operate only at night. Under the present system, a policeman had to operate round-the-clock which was very taxing. After working till 10 to 11 pm, there was no one patrolling the streets till around 8 to 9 am. The police personnel manning the new units would sleep during the daytime and operate at night. These units would be set up in big cities and towns.”
He said, “We also plan to launch Quick Response Teams of the police in villages of the state. These teams would respond to phone calls even from far-off villages and a policeman on a motorcycle would reach the caller within 20 minutes of receiving the call.”
Badal said that there would be a separate Superintendent of Police for each district for night policing. He said that due to rotational night duty of policemen, night policing was getting ignored moreover policemen performing night duty were not getting adequate rest. He said that it had been decided to have total dominance of police on highways and streets to check the activities of anti-social elements.
He said that Punjab police was taking special steps to sensitize the force and take prompt steps in all cases of crime against women.