DIPR/STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL 3rd May: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Clay Khongsai has said that Manipur Police has taken up various measures such as Community Policing and Community Outreach Programmes to encourage the citizens to assist the police in maintaining public safety and crime prevention and to build cordial relationship between the police and public in the state.
The police officer stated this during the press conference of HODs organised by DIPR for highlighting activities and achievements of the Government of Manipur at DIPR Complex, Moirangkhom here Thursday.
Briefing media persons, Clay said that ‘Police Community Liaison Groups’ and ‘Police Friends’ have been created to build a healthy Police-Public relationship in the state. WatsApp groups, Facebook pages etc. have been created for sharing of information among the members, he added.
To bridge the gap between the people and Police in the State, ‘Manipur Police Citizen Portal’ was launched by the Chief Minister in February this year and its aim is to make the functioning of police people-friendly, improving the delivery of citizen centric services through effective usage of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and ensure more transparency by automating the functioning of Police Stations, the IGP said.
Apart from Community Policing programme, Clay Khongsai informed that the Manipur Police Department has adopted proactive measures to keep law and order under control such as Action Plan in Greater Imphal area to enhance and strategic deployment of forces, increase number of check posts, and increase infrequent and effective ROP etc.
He mentioned that the Crime and Criminal Tracking network and Systems (CCTNS) was launched as a mission mode project. A total of 101 Police stations have installed CCTNS software and 65 Police stations have VPNOBB connectivity facilities.
To counter cyber crime cases, the IGP said that the Cyber Crime Police Station was opened for the first time at CID (Crime Branch) on June 23, 2017. During 2017-18, a total of 54 FIRs were registered and 21 persons arrested in connection with the registered cases. 654 complaint reports were received, out of which 344 complaints were disposed of. The State’s first ever Superintendent of Police’s Office (Traffic Control Wing) was also opened last year, he added.
Highlighting the achievements regarding counter insurgency operations, Clay Khongsai said that 586 UGs were arrested and 18 UGs were killed during 2017. From January 2017 till April 2018, 119 insurgents were arrested, 49 arms and ammunition recovered which included 482 bullets, 19 hand grenades, 5 IEDs, 1 bomb and 2 mines. In adherence to the ruling of Supreme Court against tinted glasses, tinted vehicles were removed from civilians and officials’ vehicles except for some due to security reasons, he conveyed.
He stated that there has been a lot of improvement in the investigation of criminal cases in the State. Altogether 1171 FIR cases were registered till April this year, out of which 179 cases were charge sheeted and 783 cases disposed.
Mentioning about the NDPS related achievements, Khongsai informed that 89 cases were registered and 72 persons were arrested during January 2017 to April 2018. As part of the Department's special drive against narcotic drugs and illegal poppy plantations across the State, 1837 acres of illegal poppy plantations were destroyed and 33 kilogram and 800 gram of opium seized during 2017-18. Various tobacco products worth Rs 1.7 crore were also seized and disposed, he added.
The press conference was also attended by DIG K Jayentakumar; SP CID (SB) K Kabib and director (IPR) H Balkrishna Singh.