| A Pappa vehicle. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, Oct. 28: Pappa, a police patrol vehicle, was introduced yesterday to maintain law and order in Dhubri town.
Though Dhubri town was not entitled to get Pappa (a police code name of controlling crime), as it is exclusively meant for metros and big cities, in view of the tense situation in the town, Dhubri police sought its assistance to control the situation.
Pappa was on trial since Durga Puja and proved highly effective to control petty crimes and maintaining law and order in Dhubri town, a senior police officer said.
“It was a common allegation of the people that the police arrive only when thieves have bolted. It was not possible sometimes to reach a spot as soon as we get the information because of our pressing job, which in these days stretches beyond our capacity and strength,” officer in-charge of Dhubri police station (sadar) Manik Kalita said.
He said when he was posted to Dhubri, the situation of the town was tense and there was deep sense of insecurity among the people.
His foremost task was to instil confidence in the people and erase their sense of insecurity, and for this, he needed a fast-moving vehicle like Pappa, which would be on duty for 24 hours, Kalita said.
While explaining the services of this vehicle, Kalita said since the Dhubri situation is always on the boil, he found no other way but to request Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulananda Sarma to get a patrol vehicle for the town.
Partho Pradip Datta, vice-president of Dhubri Puja Co-ordination Committee, said because of improvement in the town’s situation this time, people enjoyed Puja and the committee had given letters of appreciation to Dhubri civil and police administrations and also to Kalita on Saturday.