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Sapers to curb crime on fringes

- Personnel to move around on motorbikes

Police, presently reeling from a bunch of unsolved cases, have decided to form a Special Task Force comprising SAP (Special Auxillary Police) personnel to move around on motorbikes and curb crime.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj told The Telegraph on Friday that the focus of the groups, who are tentatively termed as Sapers or men from the SAP, would be rural areas of the city and places where police vehicles face difficulties entering.

“There are many areas in Patna, especially those located in rural zones like Rani Talab, Belchi and others, which are crime- and Naxalite- prone. The police get information about the presence or activities of criminals and rebels in these areas from time to time. But the problem is that these places are difficult to enter owing to location. By the time a police jeep or any other vehicle enters and reaches the spot, the crime has already been committed and the criminals have fled. This special group would tackle this problem. The SAP has been formed mainly to counter the Naxalites and criminal incidents in rural areas. This team will concentrate on the same,” the senior police officer said.

There will 10 teams of Sapers and each group would have 10 SAP jawans.

“They would be provided with motorbikes. The SAP men are retired personnel from the army and hence trained to tackle any kind of situation. With bikes, these men can easily enter rural areas fast after getting information. They would constantly patrol these areas and make their presence felt among the people. The police hope to counter criminal and Naxalite incidents in rural areas of Patna. Patna has also witnessed major hooch tragedies in the past and primarily in the rural areas where liquor dens are located. The team will also counter this menace,” the SSP added.

Apart from this, the different sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) of the city have been asked to form their own special teams to control criminal incidents in their respective sub-divisions. There are seven sub-divisions in the state capital, including Barh, Phulwari Sharif, Masauri, Sadar, Danapur, Patna City and Sachivalaya.

“The Patna police have got a special team, which conducts investigations in major criminal cases and incidents. The SDPOs have been asked to form their own special groups too. It will be a small but effective group with the police team helping them out whenever needed,” the SSP added.

The police are all set to invoke the Crime Control Act (CCA) III to tighten the noose around criminals. The act is invoked against notorious criminals who are out on bail. It restricts their movement and under the rules, they have to come down to the police station twice a week for attendance.

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Special Task Force, comprising SAP personnel, to be formed

Termed Sapers, teams to venture in rural areas

Sapers to be equipped with bikes to go to inaccessible places

Ten teams to be formed with 10 personnel in each

Crime Control Act III to be invoked to tighten noose around criminals