Ranchi, Feb. 23: Seven hundred police personnel deputed to escort trains, who have not had any shooting practice in the last four years, are set for a refresher course at the earliest thanks to a directive of IG (organised crime) Sampat Meena, who took additional charge of railways last week.
Speaking at a meeting of two SPs and a DIG organised at her Raja Rani Kothi office in Doranda this afternoon, Meena said the refresher course is a must for police personnel and arrangements should be made for the same at the earliest.
Later, speaking to The Telegraph, Meena said besides the refresher course, the SPs and DIG were asked to update all cases pending before railway police stations for speedy disposal.
“They have been told to update cases related to loot by drug and rob gangs within 15 days. Deadline for updating other FIRs is 20 days,” she said.
She added that the SPs and DIG were also asked to look into cases of property attachment and warrant disposal.
“It has been noticed that senior officers do not take interest in disposal of property attachment orders and warrant. Orders from court are left unattended. This delays the legal process and creates problems,” she said.
Though Meena refused to comment on it, sources said the SPs and DIG were also asked to be careful in the wake of terror attacks in the other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, railway constables expressed happiness with the decision to introduce refresher courses. “If the refresher course materialises, we will be able to do practise firing after a long time. The last training was imparted in 2008,” said a constable at Ranchi railway station.
Sergeants take oath
The state’s first batch of 52 sergeants today took oath, administered by director-general of police G.S. Rath, at the Police Training College (PTC) grounds in Hazaribagh.
It was a pledge to serve the public with utmost honesty and carry out responsibilities with full dedication.
The sergeants took the vow to protect people with the skills they had acquired during the six-month advanced training they received. From acquiring knowledge about human rights to learning to operate arms and ammunition, they have all the required credentials to become good officers in future, said DIG-cum-principal of PTC Umesh Kumar Singh.