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Punjab police to have separate investigation wings

India on 24 July 2014
Location : CHANDIGARH, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: flickr user premshree pillai

Punjab will soon have US-style policing system with separate investigation wings, working independent of personnel involved in law and order policing, in every district of Punjab from next month. The move comes as part of police reforms plan, which will also see cops moving out after every five years.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal told Punjab assembly on Tuesday that under the new system, the investigation command will have separate staff till the rank of station house officer (SHO) so that they could work more efficiently.

However, not very convinced, Congress leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar said what was required was a change in mindset of police force so that general public doesn't live in fear of them. "Segregation of law and order and investigation will not work until there is change in methodology of investigation. Police often ask complainants to organize for outstation raids to nab the accused. With the kind of resources they have, quality of investigation cannot improve," he alleged.

Congress MLA Jagmohan Kang demanded that Punjab Police Amendment Act, 2014 should ensure that police complaint authority has members chosen in consultation with leader of opposition and there should be reservation for scheduled castes. "By pre-deciding ranks of officers, who will automatically become members, the state government wants to make the body a tool in their hands," he said.

Another Congress MLA, Rana Gurmeet Singh, demanded that security given to politicians should be reviewed as part of the endeavour to improve the image of police force.

Sukhbir Badal, however, claimed that launching of 181 helpline and withdrawal of pilot car facility for politicians were steps in this direction.

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