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Quick-fix cop team for cases

Hazaribagh SP Manoj Kaushik has decided to form a 10-member team to reduce the burden of pending cases on sadar thana, which arguably receives the maximum number of complaints in the district, and improve overall policing.

According to sources, around 700 cases are currently pending with the thana that is responsible for maintaining law and order in Hazaribagh town. And the number is only growing — around 100-150 cases are lodged here every month — with most of officers busy in day-to-day work like patrolling, VIP security and law and order duties.

The team, which will mainly comprise officers of the rank of SI or ASI, will only focus on pending cases.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Kaushik said it had been a long-pending demand to separate the investigation wing from routine policing.

“Most of the officers are busy doing routine job and are left with little time to focus on investigations. This is the main reason why cases are piling up,” the SP added.

Kaushik added only officers who were the best in investigations and had good forensic knowledge would be on the team. They would be kept exclusively for investigations and would not have to go for any other duty, except during any emergency.

“The team will be able to fast-track investigations and dispose of cases in a scientific manner,” he added.

Sources said the SP had already selected four-five officers and was studying profiles of other officers. “The names of the 10 officers will be notified very soon and they will start working on pending cases within a few days,” said a senior police officer.

The team will regularly report to sadar thana officer-in-charge Dayanand Azad, while the SP will keep tabs on the progress of investigations into various cases.

When asked, another senior officer said there would be no fixed tenure for the team as such because it was not possible to set any deadline for completing probe into over 700 cases. “They will work as long as it takes to clear all the cases. The team may continue to work on fresh cases, as and when, they arise,” he added.