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Two-legged tigers cease to exist

Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh on Friday officially disbanded Tiger Mobile Force in the steel town and in its place formed a special vigil team.

The Tiger Mobile Force was a special contingent of policemen on motorbikes, constituted in 2009 by then SP Lakshman Prasad Singh, with the aim of better patrolling.

The idea was to improve urban policing and curb crimes like chain snatching, eve teasing and vehicle lifting.

But senior IPS officer Lakshman Prasad’s dream project yielded an opposite result. In the absence of any authority above them, a majority of the 80 policemen on 40 bikes themselves indulged in criminal activities.

So how is the new Special Mobile Task Force different from the earlier tiger force?

“This task force’s performance will be reviewed on a weekly basis and if any complaint comes against any officer, action will follow,” SP Singh said.

“The decision to do away with tiger mobile was taken because in these three years, there had been a spurt in vehicle lifting and chain snatching incidents,” a police officer added.

On the criminal activities the force was indulging in, the officer said the residents frequently complained that they used to harass motorists, truck drivers, young couples and extort money.

SP Singh therefore constituted a new force headed by sub-inspectors Anjani Tewary and Amrit Minj.