Punjab DGP holds security review meeting, directs to strengthen vigil around sensitive places

CHANDIGARH: Officiating DGP of Punjab Siddharth Chattopadhyaya on Friday directed all the commissioners of police and SSPs in the state to launch preventive, precautionary and operational security measures to ensure peace and communal harmony.
Chattopadhyaya, in view of Thursday’s bomb blast incident in the Ludhiana court complex, held a virtual security review meeting on Friday with all the commissioners of police and SSPs. ADGP internal security RN Dhoke, ADGP STF Harpreet Singh Sidhu, ADGP intelligence AS Rai, ADGP elections Shashi Prabha Dwivedi and ADGP law and order Naresh Arora were physically present in the meeting with the officiating DGP.
The officiating DGP directed police officers to activate police control rooms and mobile patrolling in their concerned districts and if any person is found indulging in violent activities, he or she should be dealt with firmly and appropriate criminal cases should be registered immediately.
In view of the ongoing festive season, the officiating DGP directed police officers to keep vigil at all the sensitive places and deploy maximum police force at Nakas, besides ensuring day and night police patrolling and conducting spot checks at crowded places including markets, bus stands and railway stations. He also made it clear that there should be no inconvenience to the common public.
Chattopadhyaya also emphasised that commissioners of police and SSPs must ensure that no unauthorised security be given to any individual without the proper order from the DGP or ADGP security. “In case it has already been given, it should be withdrawn within a day,” he underlined.

The officiating DGP also warned of strict action against the police officials if they are found indulged in the police-criminal nexus.
The state police chief also directed police officers to continue their crackdown against drug smugglers or suppliers so that drug supply lines remain smashed.

He also asked every police official to join hands to identify people involved in drug smuggling and work in tandem with the anti-drug special task force (STF) to curb the sale of narcotics in their concerned districts.
As the state assembly polls are around the corner, the officiating DGP directed police officers to increase the effectiveness of police checkpoints to prevent criminal activities besides asking them to identify criminal elements active in their respective areas and put them behind the bars.

Chattopadhayaya also directed maximum raids to arrest parole jumpers, proclaimed offenders and people involved in extortion, arms and ammunition cases, and troublemakers.

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