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Twin wings for efficient policing

Patna, Aug. 30: The two wings — investigation and law and order — of the police department have been extended to four more districts.

The new system would be implemented in Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur. The superintendents of police (SPs) of the districts concerned have been asked to contact their counterparts in Patna to get the nitty-gritty of the new exercise.

Gaya SP Vinay Kumar was quick to respond to the police headquarters’ move and implemented the new system in Town and Civil Lines police stations. Vinay said the first case that the investigation wing of Civil Lines police station took up is related to a bank, which had been allegedly duped of Rs 2.2 crore by some people through gold loan.

Vinay said the investigation wing that has been separated from the law and order division has been provided separate vehicles and other electronic gadgets, required for scientific probes.

Muzaffarpur, too, does not lag behind as far as separation of the investigation and law and order wings at the police station level is concerned. Muzaffarpur SP Rajesh Kumar said initially the system has been implemented in Town, Kazi Mohammadpur, Brahmapura and Mithanpura police stations in the district.

The SPs of Darbhanga and Bhagalpur, too, have also started the exercise in that direction. Sources said the system would be implemented in those police stations only where inspector-rank officers were posted as the station house officers. Except Town and a few police stations in urban areas, sub-inspectors are posted as station house officers. Deputy inspector-general of police (central range) Sunil Kumar said a proposal had been submitted to the headquarters for creation of posts of inspector in Bihta and Fatuha in Patna and Hilsa and Rajgir in Nalanda. Sunil reviewed the cases taken up by the investigation wing of the Patna police recently. The system, the first of its kind in Bihar, was introduced in May at the behest of chief minister Nitish Kumar.

The Patna police, which are under attack for their failure to crack several mysterious cases of murder, have been credited with cracking the case related to the sensational murder of Pappu Yadav alias Pankaj Yadav, brother in-law of former RJD MP Subhash Yadav, and his domestic help at his Akashvani Road residence under Rajivnagar police station on July 9.

Statistics available with the State Crime Record Bureau revealed that on an average 1,200 complaints of cognisable offences are reported in Patna every month.