SRINAGAR: Asking the police to be more relaxed and humane in dealing with situations, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday advised the force to act as an institution of public reassurance rather than as a cause of fear among the masses.
Chairing a meeting with all the District SPs and range DIGs of Kashmir province here, the Chief Minister asked them to adopt social and community policing to track down crime in the state. She said a compassionate and responsive approach with the general population of law-abiding citizens would automatically isolate criminal elements in society. This attitudinal change, she said, would make crime eradication much easier and would also improve the image of the force in the eyes of the public.
The Chief Minister asked the District SPs to follow a social catharsis approach while dealing with youth which would persuade them to not venture on the path of violent waywardness, thereby utilising these youth for positive and gainful purposes in society. She also directed the district SPs to ensure that isolated incidents do not recur of some forces breaching standard operating procedure after security operations.
Asking the district SPs to enhance their public outreach in their respective areas, Mehbooba Mufti directed them to periodically visit distant areas of their districts to get a feel of the needs and difficulties of the people. She also directed them to pace up investigations in cases which are of public interest, so that faith in the institution is retained.
Flagging drug abuse as a major challenge for the police, society and the government, the Chief Minister directed the SPs to go all out against drug peddlers and those involved in the cultivation, transportation and trading of bhang in the state. She directed them to use the most stringent provisions of law, including PSA, against them so that the younger generation is saved from falling prey to drug abuse.
Mehbooba also asked the Chief Secretary to work with the Agriculture Department for the introduction of some cash crops in the areas where bhang is presently being cultivated.
Expressing concern over the rising crimes against women, the chief minister sought a detailed feedback about the functioning of women police stations set up last year in the province. She directed the District SPs to act tough against people found involved in cases of rape, eve teasing, violence and other crimes against women and to bring them to justice in a time-bound manner.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the status of other crimes and cases where Special Investigating Teams were constituted and directed that probes be pursued with speed till the closure of the cases. She also asked the District SPs to make grievance cells at their offices much more vibrant and to enforce provisions of the Public Service Guarantee Act to improve public service within their domain.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the status of accommodation, mobility and other issues. She directed the District SPs to use their manpower effectively to check traffic congestion, rash driving and the smuggling of timber, building material and herbs in their respective areas.
Paying rich tributes to the officers and jawans of the force who lost their lives while on duty, Mehbooba Mufti asked the Home Department and the Police Headquarters to furnish at the earliest the details of such pending cases in whose favour compassionate help or assistance could be extended.
Earlier, Director General of Police Dr. S. P. Vaid briefed the Chief Minister about the law and order, crime and drug abuse situations in the Valley. He also flagged the issue of space constraint for officers and constabulary in the cities and towns.
The Chief Minister was informed that so far 60 youth have been rescued by the Police from joining anti-social networks after persistent efforts.
Chief Secretary B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rohit Kansal; Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, Munir Khan; Inspector General of Police, CID, Abdul Ghani Mir; range DIGs and all the District Superintendents of Police of Kashmir province were present at the meeting.