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Punjab Police to have separate cadre for night policing

Posted on Dec 27, 10:33AM | UNI

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the charge of Home Minister, today announced constitution of a separate cadre of Punjab Police for policing the state during night hours.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function here, Mr Badal said Punjab would be the first state in the country that would have dedicated staff for night duty who would be given permanent rest during day time.

He said there would be a separate Superintendent of Police for each district for night policing. He said due to rotational night duty of policemen, night policing was getting ignored. Moreover, policemen performing night duty were not getting adequate rest.

He said it had been decided to have total dominance of police on highways and streets to check the activities of anti-social elements. He said Punjab police were taking special steps to sensitise the force and take prompt steps in all cases of crime against women.

Expressing concern over "total collapse" of law and order situation in Delhi and increasing number of crime against women, Mr Badal said Punjab Police had taken special steps to empower the women.

He said on his initiative over 3000 women were recruited in the force last year and he had given directions to step up the recruitment of women to take it up to 15 per cent of the total force.

Mr Badal said for the first time Women DSPs would be directly recruited in the state and the case was being put up in the cabinet.

Referring to the incident in Ludhiana wherein a Punjab Police AIG got his leg fractured in a scuffle with some Akali acitivists, Mr Badal said that no body, in whatsoever position, would be allowed to take law in his hand.

He said Punjab Police had already arrested one accused Amaninder Singh alias Aman and hunt was on to arrest the other two accused including Maninder Pal Singh and Rishi Banda.